Pewaukee's varsity girls basketball team continued its successful season Tuesday night as they defeated South Milwaukee (5-2) by an easy 55-39 score in a Woodland Conference game.
Pewaukee improved to 9-0 on the season and 7-0 in league play, tying the best beginning in school history.
The Pirates, ranked No. 2 in Division 2 in this week's Associated Press state poll, scored 13 straight points in the first quarter, led 15-8 after the first period and never let the visiting Rockets any closer.
Junior Brittany Groer came off the bench and fired in a varsity career-high of 17 points to lead the Pirates. Jordyn Swan added 12 points for the winners and Emily Wirth had 11.
Pewaukee's varsity boys basketball team let a 34-23 lead get away in the fourth quarter Tuesday night and lost to host South Milwaukee in a Woodland Conference game, 53-47. The Pirates (7-2, 5-2) got outscored in the final period, 30-13.
Jordy Edgerson led the Pirates with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Cameron Hehn chipped in with 8 points and 5 rebounds.
Pewaukee shot just 29% from the field and made just 8 of 19 foul shots.
PHS will host Greenfield on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Arrowhead's varsity boys hockey team lost to visiting Waukesha Tuesday night in the opening round of the Mullett Cup, 4-2.
Waukesha scored three goals in the final period to pull out the come-from-behind victory.
Travis Manser and Cal Essig scored goals for the Warhawks and Jared Johnson (2) and Cody Britt had assists.
Jake Michael of AHS saved 14 of 18 shots.
Arrowhead will host Verona Friday at 8 p.m. and No. 5 ranked Stoughton on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
Waukesha – A 22-year-old Town of Mukwonago man entered a no contest plea this morning for the death of a Town of Vernon girl, who suffered fatal injuries from a snowmobile crash Dec. 23.
Wayne A. Barkley entered the plea to a felony charge of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle. He also entered a no contest plea to a felony bail jumping filed in November for violating conditions of his bail. Barkley will be sentenced March 4 by Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge William Domina.
Waukesha County Assistant District Attorney Michele Hulgaard said the state would recommend a sentence of five years in prison and five years of extended supervision for the homicide charge and three years of prison and three years of extended supervision for the bail jumping charge.
Barkley was driving a snowmobile on Phantom Lake in the Town of Mukwonago when his passenger Chelsey Lobenhofer fell of the sled and her head hit a vehicle that was on the lake. She died Dec. 26. Barkley was racing another snowmobile and as it approached the vehicle, a witness told police Barkley turned his sled at "the last minute and turned hard to avoid it, causing the snowmobile to roll over," the criminal complaint said.
A preliminary breath test showed Barkley had an alcohol concentration of 0.012, which is below the legal limit. A level of 0.08 is considered evidence of intoxication in adult drivers in Wisconsin. Barkley also agreed to an evidentiary chemical test of his blood, which showed positive for marijuana.
Barkley had been charged with one count of homicide by vehicle – use of a controlled substance, but in a plea agreement with prosecutors, the charge was amended.
In June 15 he was charged with resisting officers and damaging lawns in his Town of Mukwonago neighborhood. Those charges were dismissed as part of the plea agreement. Charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia have not been dismissed.
Domina revoked Barkley’s bail and he was taken into custody by the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department following the hearing.
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Pewaukee graduate J.J. Watt, who enjoyed a breakout season as a defensive lineman with the University of Wisconsin football team in 2010, announced Thursday that he was declaring for the NFL Draft.
Watt composed an open letter to Badgers fans on the school's athletic website detailing the circumstances of his decision.
Watt finished with a remarkable 21 tackles for loss during the 2010 season, with seven sacks, an interception, three forced fumbles and 62 total tackles -- tied for second on the Badgers. Wisconsin appeared in the Rose Bowl for the first time since the 1999 season.
He was named recipient of the Lott IMPACT trophy, an award that recognizes character and other positive traits in addition to on-field accumen, and was named second team All-American by the Associated Press. He was also a consensus first team All-Big Ten performer and was named the team's co-MVP.
Out of Pewaukee, Watt spent one year as a tight end with Central Michigan before transferring to Wisconsin as a walk-on. After a redshirt season, Watt started all 13 games at defensive end in 2009 before emerging as one of the nation's top players at his position in 2010. Many draft prognosticators envision NFL teams selecting Watt in the mid to late first round.
Have you ever taken a walk on a winter’s night? If you were lucky, the snow was fresh, the air calm and the moon bright in a starry sky. Perhaps it “gave a luster of mid-day to objects below” as Clement Moore describes in his famous Christmas poem.
It is winter’s stillness, simplicity and serenity that beckon many outdoors, despite the cold. In this part of the country, we find lots of ways to reap the rewards of winter's exceptional beauty.
This Saturday’s Candlelight Ski/Hike in Lapham Peak State Park in Delafield is just the sort of event that celebrates the season. Bring your cross country skis, snow shoes or hiking boots and explore the Kettle Moraine's winter wonderland from 6 to 9 p.m.
Wooden Bridges, Lake Country’s premier bluegrass band, will entertain all the hardy souls from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Homestead Hollow area. If you're not up to hitting the trails, just come and warm up by the blazing bonfire. Food will be available or bring your food to grill.
While the moon may provide all the light you’ll need to navigate the 1- to 2-mile trails, the pathways will get an extra boost of illumination from hundreds of candles along the way.
Attention Girl Scouts: an Oconomowoc dentist is looking to buy cookies! Once again this year Dr Jim Michaels and Oconomowoc Dental will be supporting local Girl Scout troops. Michaels' said they willl purchase two boxes of cookies from any Scout who comes to their office at 819 Summit Ave. Last year they purchased almost 200 boxes that were sent to troops overseas.
Young women, grades eight through 12, are invited to participate in a special daylong conference from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, at Crosspoint Community Church, W380 N6931 N. Lake Road, Oconomowoc. “Detour” will present a counter-cultural message to teenage girls to be safe, healthy and empowered covering the issues of relationship boundaries, media interaction (Facebook, texting, etc.), self-love, dating and sexuality/abstinence. The conference will feature Pam Stenzel, founder of Enlighten Communications, Inc., local high-risk teen therapist, Terri Koschnick, MS, LMFT and Ricki Keepman, a college-age woman and Oconomowoc High School graduate.
The sponsored one-day event is free but requires pre-registration and a ticket. Lunch will be provided and participants will be eligible to win a mani/pedi party, iTunes and coffee gift cards as well as other prizes. Parents are invited to learn more and ask questions at a Parent Preview Night (no registration required), at 6:45 p.m. Monday, Jan. 10, at Milwaukee Street Traders in Delafield.
Pre-registration/tickets are available at Crosspoint Community Church (262) 567-5311 or at www.detourconference.com.
Arrowhead's varsity boys basketball team turned in a strong defensive effort last Friday night and whipped visiting Waukesha North in a Classic 8 Conference game, 70-50. The Warhawks improved to 9-2 overall and 5-0 in league play.
The Warhawks led 19-10 after the first period and 38-16 at halftime. Their largest lead was 35 points in the fourth period.
Sophomore guard Kenny Finco fired in 20 points to lead the Warhawks. Jonny Fischer added 10 points for the winners and Charles Rushman had 9.
AHS will play at Brookfield Central Tuesday in a nonconference game and at Waukesha South Friday in a league battle.
Pewaukee's varsity boys basketball team defeated visiting Greenfield Friday night in a Woodland Conference game, 69-59.
PHS improved to 8-2 overall and 6-2 in league play.
The two teams battled to an 18-18 deadlock at halftime. In the second half, Pewaukee enjoyed a 41-31 edge.
Junior Ben Steker played his best game ever, making all seven of his shots from the floor and finishing with a career-best 19 points. Jordy Edgerson added 13 points for the winners and Austin Hansen chipped in with 12 tallies.
Pewaukee will host Whitnall Tuesday at St. Francis on Friday.
Arrowhead's varsity girls basketball team handed host Waukesha North its 104th consecutive Classic 8 Conference loss Friday night by scoring a 48-23 victory over the Northstars.
The win improved AHS to 3-5 overall and 2-3 in league play. North fell to 0-5 in conference games.
Senior Jessica Goetz had her best game of the season, scoring 15 points. Junior point guard Amanda Bauer added 10 tallies for the winners.
Jenny Smith, the leading scorer for AHS, did not play due to illness.
AHS will host Sussex Hamilton Tuesday and Waukesha South on Friday.
Kettle Moraine's varsity boys basketball team lost to host Mukwonago Friday night in a Classic 8 Conference game, 74-47.
Mukwonago led at halftime, 36-18.
Derek Hasanoglu led the winners with 18 points.
KM was led by Trey Dowling and Kyle Kita with 12 points each and Jon Galando with 11.
Pewaukee's varsity girls basketball team rolled over host Greenfield Friday night in a Woodland Conference game, 57-22.
The win improved the No. 2 ranked Pirates to 10-0 on the season and 8-0 in league play.
PHS jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the opening quarter and led 34-14 at halftime.
Jordyn Swan led Pewaukee with 11 points and Emily Wirth had 10 tallies. Natalie Wood led the PHS rebounders with seven. Danielle Jasinski had five rebounds.
City of Delafield – An employee of Qdoba Restaurant was robbed and beaten by two men outside of the restaurant late Jan. 9. According to a statement released by Police Chief Scott Taubel: A 20-year-old woman was leaving Qdoba, 3250 Golf Road, at about 11 p.m., and as she walked to her vehicle she was approached by two men wearing masks. As the woman attempted to get into her vehicle she was hit in the head with what she believed to be a glass bottle. As the woman laid on the ground she was hit and kicked and the men took her purse and ran off to the north. The woman was taken to a nearby hospital where she was treated and released. One suspect is described as heavy set male, about 5-foot, 7-inches tall, to 5-foot, 8-inches tall and weighing about 200 pounds. He was wearing a dark blue short sleeved shirt over a long sleeved black shirt and dark pants. The second man was described as being about 5-foot, 4-inches tall, to 5-foot, 5-inches tall, and weighing about 150 pounds. Both men were wearing a Halloween type mask. If anyone has any information, contact the City of Delafield Police Department at 262-646-6240.
City of Delafield – An employee of Qdoba Restaurant was robbed and beaten by two men outside of the restaurant late Jan. 9.
According to a statement released by Police Chief Scott Taubel: A 20-year-old woman was leaving Qdoba, 3250 Golf Road, at about 11 p.m., and as she walked to her vehicle she was approached by two men wearing masks. As the woman attempted to get into her vehicle she was hit in the head with what she believed to be a glass bottle.
As the woman laid on the ground she was hit and kicked and the men took her purse and ran off to the north. The woman was taken to a nearby hospital where she was treated and released.
One suspect is described as heavy set male, about 5-foot, 7-inches tall, to 5-foot, 8-inches tall and weighing about 200 pounds. He was wearing a dark blue short sleeved shirt over a long sleeved black shirt and dark pants.
The second man was described as being about 5-foot, 4-inches tall, to 5-foot, 5-inches tall, and weighing about 150 pounds. Both men were wearing a Halloween type mask.
If anyone has any information, contact the City of Delafield Police Department at 262-646-6240.
Jodi Kessler, a 51-year-old Village of Hartland woman, died in Hawaii while snorkeling.
Police are still investigating the incident, and Mike Johnson of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has the story here.
UPDATED: According to a release from police in Hawaii, the possible drowning occurred off the coast of Ka'ohe, South Kona.
The incident occured on Jan. 9, when police responded to a 10:11 a.m. call. Kessler was pronounced dead at 11:41 a.m. at a local hospital after family members had pulled the victim ashore and performed CPR on her.
The release indicates that she was snorkeling with family members when she became distressed and began struggling to stay afloat.
The exact cause of death is still undetermined.
Mike Sorenson of Merton, one of the top golfers in Arrowhead history, has left the University of Wisconsin men's golf program and will play the spring semester with his younger brother Steve at Colorado State.
Sorenson, one of the top players for the Badgers the last three semesters, made his decision to leave UW on Monday. Sorenson is a fourth semester sophomore. His brother Steve is a freshman.
UW granted Sorenson his release and will be eligible to play immediately for Colorado State.
Village of Sussex - Village trustees Tuesday night ripped into Town of Lisbon officials for the dispreportionate number of police calls that have to be made in the town by Waukesha County Sheriff's deputies assigned to the village.
Village President Tony Lapcinski plans to meet with Waukesha County Executive Dan Varakas to discuss what alternatives are available to the village to reduce the number of calls they are required to make in the town.
Both the village and the town rely on seperate police service contracts with the Waukesha County Sheriff's department. The village pays for 24 hour, seven day a week protection with a force of 11 deputies at a cost of $1.4 million compared to the approximately $433,000 the town spends for three officers who provide one patrol per two eight hour shifts.
"Sussex responded 216 more times to assist Lisbon during the first half of 2010 than Lisbon assisted Sussex. This means Sussex officers are responding to Lisbon calls more than once a day on top of normal assistance," Lapcinski told the Village Board at its Tuesday night meeting.
Lapcinski told the trustees he believed the town officials were more concerned about the size of the town tax rate than the level of service provided to town residents.
"They believe if they can get it for free, why pay for it," added Trustee Steve Berger
Trustees Jason Wegner suggested village officials by providing the additional police protection are " looking out for the citizens of Lisbon because I believe their board is not."
Pewaukee's varsity boys basketball team, ranked ninth in Division 2 in this week's state AP poll, lost at home Tuesday night to Whitnall, 51-45.
The loss dropped the Pirates to 6-3 in Woodland Conference play and 8-3 overall.
Pewaukee never led once in the game.
Junior center Jordy Edgerson fired in 14 points for the Pirates and grabbed seven rebounds. John Czerwinski and Cameron Hehn added 7 points each for Pewaukee.
Pewaukee's varsity girls basketball team, ranked No. 2 in this week's Division 2 state AP poll, remained undefeated Tuesday by scoring a 56-34 Woodland Conference victory over host Whitnall.
PHS improved to 11-0 on the season and 9-0 in league play.
The Pirates were led by senior Amanda Baalke with 13 points and Natalie Wood with 11.
Pewaukee will play at St. Francis (9-3) on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Arrowhead's varsity boys basketball team, ranked eighth in this week's state Division 1 AP poll, defeated host Brookfield Central in a nonconference game Tuesday night, 64-54.
The win moved the Warhawks to 10-2 on the season. AHS will return to Classic 8 Conference play on Friday when they play at Waukesha South at 7:30 p.m.
Arrowhead led 15-14 after the first period and never trailed in the final three quarters. Their biggest lead was 12 points.
Charlie Fischer fired in a game-high 17 points for Arrowhead. Ryan May added 16 points and Jonny Fischer 12 for the winners.
Arrowhead shot 51% from the floor.
Deputy Fire Chief Paul Kozlowski was unanimously chosen by the Town Board Tuesday to take the reigns of the town fire department. Kozlowski, 47, will be the town’s full-time fire chief. As deputy fire chief, Kozlowski was a full-time employee. Kozlowski will replace Dean Richards who served as chief for 13 years. "He is going to do a superb job," said Town Chairman Paul Kanter.
Deputy Fire Chief Paul Kozlowski was unanimously chosen by the Town Board Tuesday to take the reigns of the town fire department.
Kozlowski, 47, will be the town’s full-time fire chief. As deputy fire chief, Kozlowski was a full-time employee. Kozlowski will replace Dean Richards who served as chief for 13 years.
"He is going to do a superb job," said Town Chairman Paul Kanter.
A man who posted online threats to the state's top elected officials, along with other prominent Wisconsin politicans, has been apprehended, according to a source close to the investigation.
Authorities have been investigating an Internet post that targeted Gov. Scott Walker, Lt. Gov Rebecca Kleefisch and other notables and was made news after Senate Chief Clerk Robert Marchant sent a memo to all Senate offices urging senators to be mindful of their safety. The missive said the threats were aimed at several state officials, including two state senators, but did not identify them.
Waukesha – Bryan F. Wendt, a former teacher in the Oconomowoc School District, was sentenced today to eight years in prison for having sex with a 14-year-old girl while student teaching at a Waukesha school. Wendt, 27, of North Prairie, was also ordered by Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Mark Gundrum to seven years of extended supervision to followed his prison sentence. Wendt was convicted of a felony charge of second-degree sexual assault. Two counts of child enticement and another charge of second-degree sexual assault were dismissed under an agreement with prosecutors. Wendt met the girl while he was a student teacher at Waukesha Central Middle School about three years ago when she was in eighth grade, according to the criminal complaint. Wendt told police they developed a relationship that evolved into a physical one and had sexual intercourse, the complaint said. They had intercourse one week before the girl’s 15th birthday in August 2009 and the last time was May 14, 2010 in a van parked at Waukesha South High School. The incidents came to light May 19, 2010 when school authorities reported a possible sexual relationship between Wendt and the girl, according to the complaint.
Waukesha – Bryan F. Wendt, a former teacher in the Oconomowoc School District, was sentenced today to eight years in prison for having sex with a 14-year-old girl while student teaching at a Waukesha school.
Wendt, 27, of North Prairie, was also ordered by Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Mark Gundrum to seven years of extended supervision to followed his prison sentence.
Wendt was convicted of a felony charge of second-degree sexual assault. Two counts of child enticement and another charge of second-degree sexual assault were dismissed under an agreement with prosecutors.
Wendt met the girl while he was a student teacher at Waukesha Central Middle School about three years ago when she was in eighth grade, according to the criminal complaint. Wendt told police they developed a relationship that evolved into a physical one and had sexual intercourse, the complaint said.
They had intercourse one week before the girl’s 15th birthday in August 2009 and the last time was May 14, 2010 in a van parked at Waukesha South High School.
The incidents came to light May 19, 2010 when school authorities reported a possible sexual relationship between Wendt and the girl, according to the complaint.
Arrowhead's varsity girls basketball team won its third consecutive game Friday night as they downed visiting Waukesha South in a Classic 8 Conference game, 33-29.
AHS (5-5) went on a 13-2 run late in the first period and into the second as they took a 19-11 lead at halftime and were never headed in the second half.
South (6-4) did pull within two at 28-26 with 1:39 remaining , but Jessica Goetz scored three points and Jenny Smith had two as the Warhawks secured the win.
Smith led the Warhawks with 11 points, seven of which came in the second half. Andie Zeman and Goetz added 7 points each for the winners.
Katy Allen led South with 9 points, seven of which came in the fourth period.
Pewaukee's varsity boys basketball team whipped visiting St. Francis Friday night in a Woodland Conference game, 69-44.
PHS improved to 9-3 on the season and 7-3 in league play.
The Pirates led 43-23 at halftime.
Ben Steker led PHS in scoring with 12 points. Jordy Edgerson added 10 points and John Czerwinski had 9.
In a game that could have been a roadblock on Arrowhead's path to Classic 8 supremacy, the Warhawks boys basketball team nonetheless rolled past host Waukesha South on Friday, 73-50.
Charlie Fischer scored 20 points to pace the Warhawks (11-2, 6-0 in Classic 8), which scored 23 points in the first quarter on a sparkling 9 of 15 shooting. South (8-5), which possesses one of the taller players in the area in 6-11 center Derek Hussinger in addition to all-conference returnee Tim Woodford, held a 13-8 lead in that period before AHS went on a rapid 13-0 run.
Jonny Fischer added 11 points for the Warhawks.
Pewaukee's varsity girls basketball team ranked second in the state in the latest AP state Division 2 poll, improved to 12-0 on the season Friday night by scoring a come-from-behind 46-38 victory over host St. Francis.
The win moved Pewaukee's Woodland Conference record to 10-0. The Pirates are idle next week.
PHS trailed 35-30 going into the fourth quarter and outscored the Mariners 16-3 in the final period.
Jordyn Swan had 12 points to lead the Pirates. Amanda Baalke chipped in with 9 tallies.
Ketle Moraine's varsity girls basketball team remained undefeated in Classic 8 Conference play Friday night by scoring a come-from-behind 57-47 win over host Waukesha West. KM is tied with defending WIAA Division 1 state champion Milwaukee Pius for the league lead.
The Lasers trailed at halftime (33-22) before outscoring the Wolverines in the second half, 35-14, to post the win.
Courtney Leister fired in 14 points to lead KM. Olivia Weber chipped in with 10 and Kelly Robinson had 10. Becki Martin and Anna Luterbach added 8 ploints each.
Visiting Waukesha West handed Kettle Moraine's varsity boys basketball team a 58-29 Classic 8 Conference setback last Friday night.
West led 36-12 at halftime.
Logan Solano led the Lasers with 9 points and Kyle Kita had 7.
Tyler Coffey led West with 15 points. He made five 3-pointers in the game.
Monday's snowfall made work for some, like Adam Long on Field Street in Mukwonago, who blew snow off the sidewalk by his residence. However, others took a break for sledding like sledders (from left) Eleanor Jonas, 10, Patrick Jonas, 10, and Maleny Neubauer, 10, all of Eagle as they formed a train of sleds in Lauren Park in the Town of Mukwonago.
A normal 20 -minute trip on Highway 83 from the southern part of Hartford to Hartland took 46 minutes Monday night. The trip started at 6:30 p.m. and didn't end until 7:16 p.m.
Highway 83 was snow covered and slippery the entire way.
Village of Sussex - A Milwaukee area developer has agreed to purchase and redevelop the 10 acre Mommoth Springs Canning Company site at the intersection of Main Street and Waukesha Avenue, according to village officials.
Development of the vacant site has been considered a key element in the village's plan to redevelop the east end of Main Street as well as portions of Waukesha Avenue.
Village Administrator Jeremy Smith said the village planning staff is expected to meet in February or March with Arthur Sawall who, according to Smith, is the processing of purchasing the land from an M & I Bank owned holding company. Smith said he anticipates Sawall will build a multi use retail, commecrial and residential complex on the site valued someone where between $25 and $50 million.
"The cannery news is huge for us," said Village President Tony Lapcinski. "It is the home run we needed to hit in order to make Tax Increment Financing District #6 economically make sense."
Lapcinski explained that the cannery development was necessary to generate enough revenues to enable the city to provide private enterprise incentives to redevelop parts of the east end of Main Street.
Another critical element in the village's redevelopment plans is the remodeling, or possible new construction, of the Piggly Wiggly Grocery store which located near the west end of Main Street across from the Village Hall and Library campus.
Village officials have indicated they plan to encourage corporate officials of the national grocery store company to help local owners with their plans to make improvements in the store, including possibly purchasing land adjacent to the existing site to build a new store.
Talent shows have been around as long as any of us can remember. In grade school, budding saxophonists and songsters, dancers and drummers paraded onto the stage in the hopes their talent would shine through their anxiety to impress their peers.
On television, Ted Mack’s “The Original Amateur Hour” gave performers such as Gladys Knight and Pat Boone their first taste of success as viewers sent in postcards or phoned in their favorites. Later on, mallet-wielding celebrity judges such as Joan Rivers would sometimes boot off “The Gong Show” contestants who failed to entertain even before they finished their number. On “Star Search,” hosted by Ed McMahon, the studio audience voted for the best singers, dancers and comedians, which included comedians Adam Sandler and Dave Chappelle and singers Beyonce and Christine Aguilera.
Those shows were the warm up act to “American Idol,” which began its 10th season on Wednesday with new judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler joining Randy Jackson.
Back home, local youngsters will be competing in Lake Country’s version of the show. “Main Street Idol” kicks off Friday night as 9- to 13-year-old performers will be in the spotlight at Theatre on Main, 25 S. Main St. in Oconomowoc. Saturday night, kids 14 to 18 will be singing their hearts out. Both shows start at 7 p.m.
While “American Idol” takes months to drain the talent pool, “Main Street Idol” will conclude the following week. Semi-finals are Friday, Jan. 28 with the exciting finale on Saturday, both at 7 p.m.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for all shows.
Tickets for the shows are $10 and may be purchased by calling the box office at (262) 560-0564, at Books & Company, Fox Bros. Oconomowoc Piggly Wiggly.
For more information, call (262) 853-7628 or visit www.theatreonmain.org.
Led by a brilliant one-two punch of seniors Brandon St. George and Ricky Lovett, the No. 9 ranked Arrowhead varsity boys basketball team defeated visiting Waukesha Catholic Memorial Friday night in a Classic 8 Conference game, 76-56.
The win vaulted the Warhawks to a 12-2 mark overall and a league-leading 7-0 in league play.
St. George fired in a game-high 21 points, scoring all of those tallies in the game's final 18:44. Lovett had his best varsity game ever, scoring 17 points, including 11 in a span of 3:31 from the second period into the third quarter.
AHS led at halftime 31-26. A 16-3 run late in the third period into the fourth quarter finally put the game away for the Warhawks.
Arrowhead's varsity girls basketball team won its fourth straight game Friday night by scoring a lopsided 55-28 win over host Catholic Memorial.
AHS improved to 4-3 in Classic 8 Conference play and 6-5 overall.
The Warhawks outscored CMH 29-14 in the middle two quarters to roll to an easy win.
Jenny Smith fired in 15 points to lead the Warhawks. Andrea Hirschfeld added 8 points.
Pewaukee's varsity boys basketball team, ranked ninth in the state in the latest Division 2 state AP poll, lost to host East Troy Saturday night in a nonconference game, 58-54.
PHS hurt itself by sinking just 6 of 16 free throws. East Troy made 18 of 28 for the night, including 8 of 10 in the fourth quarter.
Pewaukee fell to 9-4 on the season and East Troy improved to 11-1. East Tory is ranked fourth in Division 3.
Ben Steker had a big night for Pewaukee. He finished with 18 points, making 8 of 9 shots from the field. Jordy Edgerson chipped in with 10 tallies and Kray Bradley had 9.
Arrowhead's varsity boys swim team, ranked No. 3 in the state, finished second Saturday at the West Bend Invitational. No. 1 ranked Madison Memorial won the meet crown with 634 points and AHS had 483. Neenah was third with 368 tallies.
Jake Prodoehl of the Warhawks won two races. He took first place in the 200-yard freestyle (2:01.61) and first in the 100 freestyle (53.59).
Evan Barta of Arrowhead won the 100 backstroke at 1:00.51.
Merton Schools Superintendent Mark Flynn plans to announce his retirement and step down from the helm of the Merton School District after a special school board meeting tonight.
The longtime superintendent has led the School District for 14 years, and he has spent 31 years in education – 23 of them as a superintendent.
"I’m old," the 55-year-old Flynn joked.
Flynn said he is looking forward to taking some time off, but he still plans to be involved in education.
"It’s just time, and then also some opportunities are opening up for me at the university level. I’ve been involved at (Cardinal Stritch University) for about the last 10 years now as an adjunct professor."
Flynn has taught education law courses at the university, but he said he is excited about the opportunity to work in teacher and school administrator preparation programs. For now, he plans to wait and see what becomes available.
"I’ll take some time off. I’ll see what becomes available, otherwise my plan is to continue at Cardinal Stritch in the adjunct role and then see what happens," he said.
"That’s why I got my foot in the door (at Cardinal Stritch), so when I was at this kind of point in my life, I’d be able to have something where I could still keep my fingers in the educational pie."
Thanks to some last-second heroics in regulation and some clutch free-throw shooting in the second overtime by junior guard Amanda Bauer, Arrowhead's varsity girls basketball team won its fifth consecutive game Tuesday night as they defeated visiting Franklin in double overtime, 57-51.
In the second overtime, AHS outscored the Sabers, 14-8.
Bauer sent the game to overtime by nailing a 3-pointer with 20 seconds to play. In the second overtime, Bauer made 6 of 8 foul shots to put the game away. Bauer and senior guard Sydney Cook scored the final 8 points of the game for the Warhawks, who improved to 7-5 with the win.
Andie Zeman and Jenny Smith scored 12 points each for the winners and Bauer had 11. Jessica Goetz added 8 points to that total. Becky Doleschy scored 5 points and had her best game of the season coming off the bench.
The Pewaukee girls basketball team played nearly flawlessly in the first half, then held off a furious Cudahy challenge to win on the road Tuesday night, 60-52. The win moved the Pirates to 13-0 and gave them momentum heading into a huge battle with visiting New Berlin Eisenhower (12-1) on Friday.
It was smooth sailing in the first two quarters, as Pewaukee used a 15-0 run to take a lead as large as 23 points before settling on a 21-point lead at halftime. Cudahy junior star Taylor Gradinjan had just 1 point in the first half.
But Cudahy went on its own 15-0 run in the third quarter and ultimately pulled within 5 points in an ugly third quarter, during which Pewaukee leading scorer Jordyn Swan sat with four fouls.
But Emily Wirth scored seven straight Pewaukee points in the fourth quarter and finished with 22 points as PHS re-established its lead to 16 points in the final quarter. Cudahy fell to 11-4, and the Pirates took a healthy three-game lead in the Woodland Blue standings.
Eisenhower sits perched atop the Woodland Black standings and won't meet Pewaukee again in the regular season -- but could very well meet the Pirates in the playoffs. Friday's tip is at 7:30 p.m.
Pewaukee's varsity boys basketball team, ranked 12th in the state in this week's AP Division 2 state poll, smashed struggling Cudahy at home Tuesday night in a Woodland Conference game, 67-39. PHS improved to 10-4 on the season and will play at 13th ranked New Berlin Eisenhower Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.
PHS led 32-18 at halftime and continued to pull away in the second half.
John Czerwinski and Tony Trahan scored 12 points each for Pewaukee. Cameron Hehn chipped in with 8 points.
Area women are invited to gather their friends, relatives and/or co-workers and attend the Go Red Girlfriends program kickoff event on Saturday, Jan. 29 at the Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital conference center.
Through the Go Red Girlfriends program, the American Heart Association and ProHealth Care are offering women a unique opportunity to embark on a 12-week journey to improve their heart health.
At the kickoff event, women will learn more about the program, pick up their free Go Red Girlfriends tool kit, obtain information at a health fair and participate in breakout sessions. Heart risk assessments; which include a blood pressure check, waist measurement, BMI, body fat profile, complete lipid and blood glucose check and a one-on-one consult regarding the results, are also available for a $20 fee. An appointment for the heart risk assessment is required and can be made by calling (262) 928-2745. Appointments for heart risk assessments are available beginning at 7 a.m. The health fair and breakout sessions will be held from 10 a.m. – noon.
Village of Hartland – Police are investigating an accident involving a Waukesha County snowplow and vehicle on Highway. 16 on Jan. 21.
According to a statement released by Hartland police, the snowplow was removing snow from Highway 16 at about 11:10 p.m. when it was struck by a vehicle driven by an 18-year-old Sussex man. The Sussex man was taken by Flight for Life helicopter to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa. The man was released from the hospital. Police said alcohol appeared to be a factor in the collision. The county worker was not injured.
Village of Hartland Police were on the scene as an accident shut down both lanes of Hwy 83 around 9:40 Thursday morning.
Motorists were forced to make U-turns around medians and find alternate routes to bypass the pileup on Hwy 83.
Oconomowoc Parent Education Network (OPEN) will host a free Parent Info Night titled, “No Child Should Be Afraid To Go To School” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, at Oconomowoc High School Little Theater (enter through main doors of the Oconomowoc Arts Center).
Presented by Jim Jelinske, adults who attend the presentation will understand the recognizable signs of bullies and victims and learn strategies in the prevention of bullying and harassment. Registration is required. For information and to register, send an e-mail to Katie Westerman at email@example.com.
Traffic delays are plaguing the evening commute on westbound Hwy 16.
An accident is causing slow downs and backups on Hwy 16 between the City of Pewaukee and the Village of Hartland.
Traffic backed up beginning at the curve near the Capitol Dr. exit and continued all the way into Hartland.
A Jan. 27 letter from Lake Country School in the Village of Hartland told parents that the school has one case of H1N1, commonly known as Swine Flu.
The letter, from Superintendent Mark Lichte, said the school was taking extra precautions to ensure that the disease did not spread.
The school said computers would be cleaned after each use and bathrooms would be cleaned at noon each day. Teachers were also asking their students to clean their desks throughout the day on Friday.
"We will be encouraging all children to be vigilant with this during the day," the letter read. "We will follow protocols in the health room that we have in the past including the use of facemasks."
H1N1 causes normal flu-like symptoms like fever, lethargy, lack of appetite and coughing. Others have reported runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
The letter urged parents to reinforce the importance of hand-washing to their children.
A bill draft to appeal and amend statutes relating to the use of race-based nicknames, logos, mascots and team names by school boards will be shared with State legislators for cosponsorship on Monday, Jan. 31. The bill draft was authored by State Senators Mary Lazich and Neal Kedzie, and State Representatives Andre Jacque and Steve Nass, according to a letter from Nass dated Jan. 28.
The letter outlines the timeline for gaining approval before the bill could proceed to the Governor for signing.
"I am confident that if the bill arrives on Governor Scott Walker's desk, he will sign it into law," said Nass in the letter.
Visiting New Berlin Eisenhower went on a crucial 16-0 run late in the first period and into the second Friday night as they defeated the previously undefeated Pewaukee varsity girls basketball team in a Woodland Conference game, 55-43.
Pewaukee fell to 13-1 overall with the loss and 10-1 in league play. The win vaulted NBE to 13-1 overall and 11-0 in league play. The Pirates went into the game ranked second in the state in Division 2 and Eisenhower was ranked third.
Junior Nicole Bauman fired in 28 points for the Lions. Jordyn Swan led Pewaukee with 16 points.
Eisenhower held Pewaukee without a basket for a span of 12:49 from the first period into the third quater.
The Lions led 46-26 going into the fourth quarter.
Arrowhead's varsity girls basketball team won its sixth straight game Friday night as they defeated visiting Mukwonago in a Classic 8 Conference game, 37-28.
AHS improved to 8-5 overall and 5-3 in league play.
The Warhawks outscored Mukwonago in each of the first three periods and never trailed.
Jessica Goetz led the winners with 12 points. Jenny Smith chipped in with 10.
Arrowhead's varsity boys basketball team, ranked No. 6 in the state according to the latest state AP poll, hit 8 of 9 3-point shots in the opening quarter and rolled over host Mukwonago Friday night in a Classic 8 Conference game, 77-52.
AHS improved to 8-0 in league play, one game better than Waukesha West. West will play at Arrowhead Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Overall the Warhawks are 13-2.
The Warhawks led 29-17 after the opening period and never were headed after that.
Charlie Fischer and Jonny Fischer scored 16 points each for Arrowhead. Blake Mattson had 12 points and Ricky Lovett had 9 tallies. Lovett also pulled down 9 rebounds.
Kettle Moraine's varsity boys basketball team lost to Waukesha Catholic Memorial Friday night at home in a Classic 8 Conference game, 58-34. KM defeated CMH earlier this season.
The loss dropped KM to 1-7 in league play.
CMH led 15-3 after the opening period and never looked back.
Luke Burris had 9 points to lead the Lasers.
The Town of Delafield Plan Commission meeting scheduled to tonight at 7 p.m. at Town Hall has been canceled due to the snowstorm.
The Town of Delafield Plan Commission meeting scheduled to tonight at 7 p.m. at Town Hall has been canceled due to the snowstorm.
The weather outside is frightful; see the latest school closings, weather, travel and flight information.
The snow has begun with more on its way and some have already made plans to close for Wednesday. Check out the links below to get the latest information on weather, travel, flight and school closings.
- Closings: Schools, businesses, churches, civic, social and more.
- Local weather including maps, forecasts, current conditions and more.
- Travel times and winter road conditions by region and highways.
- Mitchell International flights: Arrivals and Departures.
Arrowhead High School announced that it has cancelled all afternoon activities as a result of the winter storm moving through the area.
The cancellation means the hoops showdown between Waukesha West and Arrowhead will have to be postponed.
Stay tuned to Lake Watch for all the latest closings and weather-related information.
Arrowhead athletics director Kevin Flegner announced Tuesday morning the cancellation of all of its sporting events for Tuesday (Feb. 1) night.
The varsity boys basketball game between visiting Waukesha West and Arrowhead will be played on Wednesday. Feb. 9 at the same time.
The girls varsity basketball game between AHS and host West will also be played on Feb,. 9 at the same times.
The boys swim meet against Brookfield East will not be rescheduled.
The boys basketball game against visiting Milwaukee Marquette set for Feb. 8 has been moved to Feb. 22.
The boys hockey game against visiting Brookfield will be reset for Feb. 9. The jayvee game will start at 6:30 p.m. and the varsity game at 8:30 p;m.
The girls gymnastics meet will be rescheduled for Feb. 7 at Kenosha at 6 p.m.
Delivery of the Wednesday Mukwonago Chief and Sussex Sun may be delayed because of the weather conditions. With some roads expected to be nearly impassable, the papers might not be delivered until as late as Thursday. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.
The Waukesha County Technical College will be closed tomorrow due to the blizzard-like conditions sweeping through the area.
The college also announced that it would join several other area schools and close early today at 3 p.m.
I-43 southbound at Big Bend was closed for about an hour due to a crash that occurred at 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday, according to a Wisconsin Department of Transportation release.
The left lane is now open to traffic while the right lane will remain closed for about another hour.
Attorney Sam Hall of Crivello Carlson said the Feb. 2 injunction hearing on the Mukwonago logo change was cancelled and a status conference has been scheduled for May 2.
The Attorney General and attorneys handling the lawsuit challenging the DPI decision to force the Mukwonago School District to change its logo requested the delay due to legislative action in Madison on a repeal law, according to Hall.
Hall said since going to court is a last resource; they did not want to waste court resources if the logo law is repealed. If the law is not repealed, then the lawsuit would move forward after the May 2 conference.
Village of Pewaukee – The Pewaukee Village Board meeting slated for tonight at 7 p.m. was cancelled. The board was scheduled to discuss the potential merger with the City of Pewaukee
Village of Pewaukee – The Pewaukee Village Board meeting slated for tonight at 7 p.m. was cancelled. The board was scheduled to discuss the potential merger with the City of Pewaukee
The dominoes are starting to fall.
The entire Arrowhead School District will be closed tomorrow due to deteriorating weather conditions.
That means that the high school and all of its feeder K-8 schools, including Stone Bank, Merton, Richmond, North Lake, Hartland-Lakeside, Lake Country and Swallow will all be off tomorrow.
The Hamilton School District will be closed on Wednesday, along with the Oconomowoc and Mukwonago School Districts.
Both Lake Country Lutheran High School, University Lake School and St. Charles Catholic School in the Village of Hartland will also be closed tomorrow.
The Pewaukee School District joins almost every other school district in the area announcing that it, too, will be closed on Wednesday.
Snow day in Lake Country.
Looking for the latest info on the snowstorms headed our way? Check out the links below to get the latest on weather, travel, flight and school closures.
- School closings
- Local weather including maps, forecasts, current conditions and more.
- Travel times and winter road conditions by region and highways.
- Mitchell International flights: Arrivals and Departures.
At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night , traffic was at a standstill in many areas of the Lake Country because of the heavy snow and high winds.
In the Village of Hartland on Capitol Drive, only four cars were seen at the intersection of Maple Avnue in a 15-minute span.
On Highway 16 at the North Avenue Bridge, just 10 cars were counted going westbound in a 10-minute span.
In the Village of Pewaukee, visibilty was less than 60 yards at 7 p.m. with the high winds blowing snow across the lake onto the beach area.
Police from various agencies are cautioning people to stay home. While roads are becoming passable, the high winds are continuing to create drifting problems. Many vehicles have been left abandoned in drifts, which are causing problems for snowplows to properly clear the roads. Detective Steve Pederson of the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department said while there is traffic moving on I-94 the problem is getting off the freeway as exits are drifted over or not plowed.
Police from various agencies are cautioning people to stay home. While roads are becoming passable, the high winds are continuing to create drifting problems. Many vehicles have been left abandoned in drifts, which are causing problems for snowplows to properly clear the roads.
Detective Steve Pederson of the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department said while there is traffic moving on I-94 the problem is getting off the freeway as exits are drifted over or not plowed.
Detective Steve Pederson with the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department reports that the weather conditions continue to cause travel issues throughout Waukesha County.
The Waukesha County Highway Department is out in full force. During the overnight hours, vehicles that became stuck were abandoned along the road ways, some in traffic. Tow operators were called to remove vehicles, but their efforts are hampered due to the snow and poor visability. Abandoned vehicles create problems for plows to effectively move snow and open roadways.
"For obvious reasons, travel is not recommended. Sheriff's deputies have been assisting drivers from their vehicles and taking them to shelter," said Pederson in a news release. "There have been reports of 7-foot drifts in various areas of the county."
Many subdivision roads in the Town of Mukwonago remain impassable and cars sit stranded in driveways with 2- to 3-foot drifts blocking roads. Winds continue to create drifts across roads. Highway EE between Mukwonago and North Prairie is down to one lane. Other main roads are clear in spots but remain buried in drifts in other places.
Kevin Schmidt with the Village of Mukwonago Police Department said police responded to about 15 reports of vehicles in the ditch between Tuesday night at 8 p.m. and Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. During the night, the local tow companies suspended operations for the safety of their drivers. About six people waited out the storm at the Village Police Department until they could get a ride.
"Thankfully, many people heard the warnings and stayed off the streets," said Schmidt.
With mounds of snow to play it's still sometimes too cold for kids to enjoy it for long. So how do kids burn off some of that excess energy in winter?
The Pabst Farms YMCA in Oconomowoc has a great way for kids to enjoy lots energy-burning activities from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday night. Part of the Live Y'ers event, the evening is themed "Army of One" and it's for kids in grades 1-4 and 6-year-old kindergartners.
For those that want to dive into some fun, the pool will be open for swimming. For the landlubbers, there'll be rock wall climbing and lots of gym activities. And for a cool down, kids can participate in crafts.
There'll be snacks throughout the evening. Chilcren can also be dropped off early at 5 p.m. for Dine and Play befroe Live Y'ers begins at 6:30 p.m.
Cost for the event iss $10 for members and $12 for community participants.
For more information, call (262) 567-7251 or visit www.ymcaatpabstfarms.org. The Pabst Farms YMCA is located at 1750 E. Valley Road in Oconomowoc. F
Village of Mukwonago public works employees haul truckfuls of snow away in the aftermath of the blizzard earlier this week.
Arrowhead's varsity girls basketball team stole the state headlines Friday night by upsetting No. 1 ranked and previously undefeated Milwaukee Pius at Arrowhead, 66-61.
Pius came into the game as the defending WIAA Division 1 state champions and sported a perfect 14-0 record.
The win was the seventh straight for the Warhawks, who improved to 9-5 on the season and 6-3 in Classic 8 Conference play.
Jenny Smith led the Warhawks with a season-high 25 points, all of which came in the final three quarters.
Senior Andie Zeman had a season-best 16 points, 12 of which came in the first half. Jessica Goetz added 14 points for the Warhawks. Amanda Bauer had 7.
AHS trailed 50-47 with 7:52 to play and then went on a 13-2 run in the next six minutes to put the game away.
The No. 6 ranked Arrowhead varsity boys basketball team remained one of the hottest teams in southeastern Wisconsin Friday night by stopping host Milwaukee Pius in a Classic 8 Conference game, 66-53.
The Warhawks improved to 14-2 on the season and 9-0 in league play.
AHS trailed 19-15 after the first period but took the lead for good at halftime, 33-31.
Charles Rushman fired in 15 points to lead the Warhawks. Charlie Fischer and Blake Mattson added 13 and 11 points for the winners.
Kettle Moraine's varsity boys basketball team lost to visiting Waukesha South Friday night in a Classic 8 Conference game, 56-27.
The loss dropped the Lasers to 2-13 overall and 1-8 in league play.
The Blackshirts grabbed a 33-10 lead at halftime and were never challenged.
Jaylen McCoy led the Lasers with 9 points and Kyle Kita chipped in with 8.
Sam Domach had 16 points to lead Waukesha South.
The Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service will host a forum to gather community input on economic security at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, in the private dining room at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha. Results of this and similar forums throughout the state will be discussed at a statewide event in Spring 2011 and at a nationwide event at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP is appreciated to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service will host a forum to gather community input on economic security at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, in the private dining room at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha. Results of this and similar forums throughout the state will be discussed at a statewide event in Spring 2011 and at a nationwide event at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.
The event is free and open to the public. RSVP is appreciated to email@example.com.
Village of Hartland – Police are investigating a strong armed robbery Feb. 4 in which a Merton man was attacked by two others. According to Deputy Chief Mike Bagin, an 18-year-old Village of Merton man was at an apartment building in the 300 block of E. Capitol Drive at about 2:30 p.m. when he said two males attacked him over a personal matter. The Merton man said he was hit and at one point he briefly lost consciousness, Bagin said. The man’s cell phone and a pack of cigarettes were stolen, Bagin said.
Village of Hartland – Police are investigating a strong armed robbery Feb. 4 in which a Merton man was attacked by two others.
According to Deputy Chief Mike Bagin, an 18-year-old Village of Merton man was at an apartment building in the 300 block of E. Capitol Drive at about 2:30 p.m. when he said two males attacked him over a personal matter. The Merton man said he was hit and at one point he briefly lost consciousness, Bagin said. The man’s cell phone and a pack of cigarettes were stolen, Bagin said.
A multi-car accident took place Tuesday morning around 11:15 a.m. on Highway 16 eastbound just one-quarter mile east of Jungbluth Road near Hartland. Three cars were in the ditch but there appeared to be no personal injruies.
Trafffic was backed up for about one-half mile. Traffic was moving very slowly at that time. Two squad cars and one tow truck were on the scene.
Arrowhead's varsity girls basketball team, ranked 15th in the state in this week's AP state Division 1 poll, won its eighth straight game Tuesday night by smashing host Germantown in a nonconference game, 62-28.
The win moved the AHS record to 10-5 on the season. The Warhawks will play Wednesday at Waukesha West and Friday at Kettle Moraine.
AHS led 13-4 after the first period and never looked back.
Andrea Hirschfeld had her best varsity game ever for the Warhawks. The senior center scored a team-high 12 points and also grabbed 10 rebounds. Both were career highs.
Jenny Smith added 10 points for the winners.
Pewaukee's varsity boys basketball team lost a Woodland Conference game to No. 9 ranked (AP Division 2 state poll) New Berlin West Tuesday night at Pewaukee, 47-42.
West moved to 15-4 on the season and Pewaukee fell to 10-7. In league play West is 14-1 and the Pirates are 8-5.
PHS led 25-18 at halftime and still led 36-34 with 5:28 remaining in the game. West took the lead for good at 39-38 with 3:54 left in the game.
John Czerwinski led the Pirates with 10 points and Kray Bradley had 9 tallies.
Pewaukee's varsity girls basketball team, ranked No. 4 in the state in this week's state AP Division 2 poll, defeated host New Berlin West Tuesday night in a Woodland Conference game, 66-48.
PHS improved to 15-1 on the season and 13-1 in league play. They lead Cudahy by two games in the Blue Division standings.
Jordyn Swan made 9 of 15 shots for the night and scored 27 points for the winners. She was 5 of 7 from the 3-point line.
Natalie Wood added 15 points and eight rebounds for the winners. Amanda Baalke chipped in with 11 points.
Darnell Wilts of Fort Worth, Texas, has been named the new varsity football coach at Kettle Moraine High School. Wilts will take over for the upcoming 2011 season.
Wilts coached last year at Eastern Hills High School in Fort Worth. He previously coached at Brewer High School in Fort Worth.
Wilts also was a graduate assistant coach at TCU several seasons ago.
KM athletics director Mike Fink made the announcement late Wednesday afternoon.
Arrowhead's varsity boys basketball team, ranked No. 6 in the state, rallied in the second half Wednesday night in a Classic 8 Conference game to defeat visiting Waukesha West, 73-57.
AHS trailed 14-10 after the first period and 34-32 at halftime before outscoring the Wolverines in the second half, 41-23.
Senior Charlie Fischer scored a game-high 27 points for the Warhawks, a new career-high. Charles Rushman and Ryan May had 12 points each.
Dylan Chmura led West with 18 points.
Arrowhead's varsity girls basketball team won its ninth straight game Wednesday night by defeating host Waukesha West in a Classic 8 Conference game, 53-52.
AHS improved to 11-5 on the season.
The Warhawks were led by Jessica Goetz with 18 points. Jenny Smith added 16 points and Leah Anderson had 8.
The Alice Baker Memorial Library will be hosting an online book discussion of the murder mystery novel "Old World Murder;" the first in a series by local author Kathleen Ernst. The library hosted the author this past Wednesday for a presentation on her years working at Old World Wisconsin and her books. The online discussion is being held on www.goodreads.com, and can be found under the group name "Alice Baker Library Book Club". Enrollment is required, but free of charge.
It may seem like we’re several months away from enjoying all the goodies at farmers markets, but smack dab in the middle of the cold and snow springs the Oconomowoc Winter Farmers Market. The market is held once a month at Oconomowoc Landscape Supply and Garden Center, N68 W37850 County Trunk K.
This Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the season’s fourth market will be filled with special treats for Valentine’s Day among the products of the 24 market vendors from Southeastern Wisconsin.
If you haven’t already gotten something for your special someone, check out the artisan-made natural toffee, gourmet truffles, organic handmade caramels and fresh everlasting flower arrangements.
And if you’re just looking for some extra special taste treats, you’ll find a wide variety of pickled products including mushrooms, pickles and relish, as well as gourmet mustard, 12 varieties of grilled brats, such as mushroom and Swiss beef brat, buffalo steaks and meat sticks.
Other items at the market include artisan breads, toffee, honey, butter, eggs, cheese, beef, lamb, elk, dips, dressings, sauces, fresh vegetables, crackers, granola, fudge sauce, gourmet enchiladas, salsa and locally roasted coffee.
The February market also features a cooking demonstration by Brent Russell, chef at Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital’s Bistro 791, starting at 11 a.m. Russell will be making cheddar ale soup made with artisan cheese and locally grown onions and garlic. Samples of the soup will be available.
The Oconomowoc Winter Farmers Market is a pilot program managed by a joint committee of volunteers from the Oconomowoc Chamber of Commerce and Greener Oconomowoc Inc.
For more Information about the market, visit www.oconomowoc.org.
A sweet treat for parents is being planned by the Oconomowoc Public Library.
The library will hold a Valentine's Day night out for parents on Monday, Feb. 14 from 5-8 p.m. where chidlren's librarian Betsey Bromley, along with local teens, will provide games, activities, snacks and fun.
Registration is required and space is limited. To register, visit Bromley's office, or call (262) 569-2193, ext. 210, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All participating children must be potty-trained and a suggested donation of $5/hour per child will go toward renovating the library's young adult section
Come out to Olympia Resort and Spa in Oconomowoc Saturday night and sample from over 100 beers, or sip the wines, gin, vodka and hand crafted sodas that will be available for the tasting.
The evening runs from 6 to 9 p.m.; tiickets are $40 and include Mexican and Italian food stations as well as a chocolate fountain. Opportunities for great raffle prizes including Y membership, jewelry and more will also be available.
Proceeds from the event will to local charities and to the organization's mission to eradicate polio. To buy tickets online, or to learn more about the event visit www.oconomowocrotary.org/Brewfest2011.cfm
Junior Mandy Prom bobbed and weaved into the lane on Friday, creating opportunities for herself and teammates.
The end result was a 47-26 Wisconsin Little Ten Conference victory for the Oconomowoc Raccoons varsity girls basketball team over the Hartford Orioles.
Prom scored a three-point basket on an assist from Carly Hall which gave the Raccoons a 16-0 lead early in the contest. Prom finished with 17 points for the Raccoons (14-2 overall and 9-1 in the WLT).
Senior Kendra Brooks had 9 points and eight rebounds. Junior Abby Thelen had eight points and eight rebounds and Junior Taylor Vande Zande chipped in with 5 points and eight rebounds.
Arrowhead's varsity girls basketball team got off to a great start Friday night and defeated host Kettle Moraine in a Classic 8 Conference game, 45-29.
The loss dropped KM out of a first place tie with Pius for the conference lead. KM is now 9-2 in league play and 13-5 overall.
AHS won its 10th straight game, thanks to a fast start that saw them take a 17-3 lead late in the first half. AHS is now 8-3 in league games and 12-5 overall.
Jenny Smith fired in 16 points to lead the Warhawks and Andie Zeman had 12, all of which came in the first half.
Courtney Leister led the Lasers with 11 points.
Pewaukee's varsity boys basketball team played one of its best second halves of the season Friday night and defeated visiting Brown Deer in a Woodland Conference game, 69-61.
PHS improved to 11-7 on the season and 9-5 in league play.
After falling behind 32-21 at halftime, the Pirates outscored the Falcons in the second half, 48-29.
John Czerwinski fired in a season-best 21 points to lead Pewaukee. Kray Bradley added 13 points and Jordy Edgerson and David Reese had 10 points apiece.
Arrowhead's varsity boys basketball team, ranked sixth in the state, defeated a pesky Kettle Moraine team Friday night in a Classic 8 Conference game at AHS, 55-49.
AHS improved to 11-0 in league play and 16-2 overall. KM fell to 2-9 in conference games and 3-15 on the season.
KM led 12-10 after the first period but watched as Arrowhead took the lead for good at halftime, 25-22.
The Lasers closed to five points at 50-45 with 0:54 to play but never got closer.
Jonny Fischer fired in 16 points for the winners. Charlie Fischer had 11 and Blake Mattson had 9.
KM was led by freshman Mitchell Oleson with a season-high 16 points. Kyla Kita had 13 points and Matt Hoppe had 8.
Pewaukee's varsity girls basketball team, ranked fourth in the state in Division 2, had a big third quarter Friday night and whipped host Brown Deer in a Woodland Conference game, 64-41.
PHS outscored the Falcons 25-6 in the third period. Pewaukee led at halftime, 30-27.
The win moved the Pewaukee record to 16-1 overall and 14-1 in league play.
Jordyn Swan fired in 23 points to lead the Pirates. Emily Wirth had 13 points for the winners and Brittany Groer added 12.
On Friday, Feb. 18, Homes for Our Troops will hold its Build Brigade ceremony to begin weekend long construction on a new home for Cpl. Jeremy Stengel.
Construction will be from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, Saturday Feb. 19, and Sunday Feb. 20 and will be held at 637 Augusta Dr., Mukwonago.Those wishing to volunteer may show up during those times.
Stengel was injured during a mission in Iraq in 2007, resulting in the loss of his left leg and severe muscle and nerve damage to his right leg. This new home will provide Stengel with a wheelchair accessible home.
Food and drink donations for volunteers would be appreciated and accepted as well.
Look for a complete story on Stengel and the construction of his home in the Feb. 23 Mukwonago Chief.
The Oconomowoc Raccoons varsity boys basketball team defeated the Slinger Owls in overtime on Tuesday, 44-40 at Slinger.
TJ Schlundt helped the Raccoons stay hot, helping force overtime with clutch shots, in regulation, and then made two free throws with less than seven seconds remaining in overtime to lift the guests to victory.
"It was a real defensive battle and we're happy to get a win like this against a very solid team," Kurt Melton, the Oconomowoc head boys basketball coach said.
Town of Delafield – Incumbent supervisors Clare Dundon and Larry Krause advanced to the April 5 election along with newcomers Joel Blumenschein and Sean Sander in Tuesday’s primary.
Peg Perry, wife of former supervisor Jack Perry, was eliminated in the race.
Krause received votes, 431, Sander 305, Dundon 294, and Blumenschein 293. Perry received 137 votes. The top four vote getters will square off for two seats in the April election.
Members of the Mukwonago Fire Department crowded into the Village of Mukwonago Board meeting on Tuesday night upset over a Protective Services agenda item to discuss possibly contracting for paramedic services.
More than a dozen people spoke out against privatizing paramedic services saying it would lessen the quality of care for Mukwonago residents and fire departments like East Troy who rely on Mukwonago for mutual aid.
MFD paramedic Christopher Hahn questioned why this item had not been on any open meeting agendas prior to a letter being sent to bidders inquiring about proposals for delivery of ambulance service for the joint department.
The Village Board did not discuss the issue since the item has not been discussed at the committee level. The issue will remain in committee to be placed as an agenda item on the Feb. 22 Protective Services Committee meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Mukwonago Town Hall.
As the state legislature readies itself to vote on Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget repair bill, local schools are hurrying to ratify their 2009-11 contracts.
Despite looming arbitration hearings between teachers unions and school districts, negotiators are pushing to ratify new contracts in advance of the likely passage of Gov. Walker's controversial budget repair bill - a bill that would strip teachers and other public employees of their collective bargaining rights.
The Arrowhead, Lake Country and Stone Bank School Districts all planned to take action on approving their 2009-2011 collective bargaining agreements with teachers on Wednesday night, while the North Lake School District scheduled a special school board meeting at 7 a.m. Thursday morning to settle its contract.
Arrowhead also planned to ratify a new contract for its support staff.
One $20,000 Power Play winning ticket was sold at Hartland Village Mart, 301 E. Capitol Drive. Three $10,000 winning tickets were sold at PDQ, 1065 Racine Road Menasha; Open Pantry, 15551 Cleveland Ave., New Berlin; Copp's food Center, 1850 Plover Road, Plover.
Winning numbers were 09, 13, 21, 23 and 48 with a Powerball of 24. The Power Play prize multiplier was 02.
The player who purchased the Hartland winning ticket also purchased the Power Play multiplier, turning a $10,000 winning ticket into a $20,000 winner.
The Powerball jackpot grows to an estimated $126 million for Saturday, Feb. 19 after no one matched all six winning numbers in the Wednesday, Feb. 16 drawing.
Ticket holders have 180 days from the drawing to claim their prizes by mail, or at the lottery's Madison or Milwaukee offices.
Although schools across the Lake Country area are not reporting spikes in absences by staff, other areas of the state are reporting closures apparently in response to Gov. Walker's proprosal to limit collective baragining with state employees.
The following schools across the state were closed today:
Racine Unified School District
Teacher attendance in the Mukwonago Area School District was good today as teachers across the state called in sick as they reacted to Governor Scott Walker's budget repair bill announced earlier this week.
"Teachers have made it very clear that they don't want the students caught in the middle of this," said MASD Superintendent Paul Strobel.
Since staff members have been conscientious about their reactions to the action in Madison, Strobel said staff will be allowed to leave at noon today instead of attending planned in-service activities for the afternoon. Strobel said he wanted to give them a chance for their voices to be heard on the issue.
Feb. 17 was a scheduled early dismissal day to provide a work day for teachers. This work day will instead be made up on March 9, which was scheduled as an optional teacher work day.
Strobel said he plans to address the district staff tomorrow morning regarding the issue during a day-long teacher in-service.
Strobel said he plans to address the district staff tomorrow morning regarding the issue during a day-long teacher in-service.
Only three out of 290 teachers or 1 percent of the staff in the Kettle Moraine School District called in sick today, following the uproar over Governor Scott Walker's budget repair bill, according to Superintendent Pat Deklotz.
"I am extremely proud of the professionalism our teachers are showing," said Deklotz.
District administration is watching the situation very closely, Deklotz said. Union representatives have taken a leadership role, collaborating with administration on the situation. Teachers are expected to be in the classroom and focused on students and student learning.
Meanwhile district administration searches for the best way to respect and support teachers as events unfold in Madison and also the best way to report information to the community.
The Guaranty Bank located in the Plank Road Pick 'n Save, 36903 E. Wisconsin Ave., in the Village of Oconomowoc Lake, was robbed this afternoon at 1:25 p.m., by a man believed to be in his late 30s who made off with an undisclosed amount of cash. Three employees were in the bank at the time of the incident and no injuries were reported.
Police say the suspect is white, about 5-feet, 8-inches, approximately 200 pounds. He left the store traveling east on the frontage road in an older 1980s red station wagon wth a dirty rear license plate. A witness saw the suspect get into the vehicle and observed a red puff explode inside the car, which authorities believe to be the red dye pack given with the money.
According to law enforcement officials, the man did not display a firearm. The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department and the FBI are assisting in the investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Village of Oconomowoc Lake Police Dept. at (414) 881-9725.
Several Arrowhead area School Districts settled their 2009-11 contracts with their respective teachers unions on Thursday, pre-empting any action at the state level regarding collective bargaining rights.
The state legislature is expected to adopt a bill that would strip teachers and other public employees of their collective bargaining rights, and as a result, the North Lake, Hartland-Lakeside and Lake Country school districts all put the finishing touches on their 2009-11 contract agreements on Wednesday. Officials in the Arrowhead and Stone Bank School Districts also expected to announce agreements soon.
Hartland-Lakeside's contract was set to go to an arbitration hearing, but the Arrowhead United Teacher's Organization (AUTO) and the District agreed on a new deal that will slash retirement benefits by 50 percent for teachers that retire this school year. The new contract also gives teachers a 2 percent wage increase for 2010-11, but a wage freeze for 2009-10.
Teahers at Lake Country School agreed on a one percent pay increase in both the 2009-10 and 2010-11 school years, while also agreeing to freeze health care benefits for retirees.
In North Lake, AUTO and the School District agreed on a similar compensation package that also included a one percent pay raise in each year of the contract.
"We wanted to make sure before any changes were implemented that we took care of the business that we'd been working on for a year-and-a-half," said North Lake Superintendent Pete Hirt when asked if the two sides settled their contract because of the developing situation at the state level.
"It was mutually beneficial for both parties," he added.
Meanwhile the Stone Bank School and Arrowhead School Districts await decisions from AUTO on their proposed contracts. Stone Bank, Arrowhead and Lake Country were all in mediation for their contracts prior to the week's events.
Officials close to the negotiations at the Arrowhead and Stone Bank School Districts said they were confident that AUTO and the districts would strike deals.
Despite widespread reports of 'sick-ins' in school districts across the state, school officials in the Lake Country area reported no such instances.
Most Arrowhead-area schools reported no staff absensences other than what administrators termed as "legitimate absences".
At the Hamilton School District, seven teachers missed work on Thursday, but a School District spokeswoman said that all of their absences were for health reasons and not related to the ongoing protests at the State Capitol.
The spokeswoman said that having seven absences was actually below average for this time of year.
As expected, teachers at Stone Bank School ratified a new collective bargaining agreement in advance of any legislation passed at the state level.
Prompted by proposed legislation that would restrict collective bargaining rights and force public employees to pay more for pensions and health insurance, the Arrowhead United Teachers Organization (AUTO) and the School District quickly reached the 2009-2011 agreement after more than a year-and-a-half of negotiating.
The deal includes a one percent pay increase for most teachers for the 2009-10 school year, and a one percent increase for all teachers for 2010-11. Insurance and other post-employment benefits remained unchanged from the previous bargaining agreement.
"We're happy to have a contract because that will definitely help with budgeting for next year," said District superintendent Phil Meissen.
Teachers and the Arrowhead School District followed the lead of the other Arrowhead-area districts and approved their 2009-11 contracts before the State Legislature could pass any bills governing collective bargaining rights for public employees.
Arrowhead joins Stone Bank, North Lake, Lake Country and Hartland-Lakeside in approving contracts in the last few days.
The School District settled its contract with its support staff union, AFSCME, a few days ago, but the Arrowhead United Teacher's Organization (AUTO) waited until Friday morning to finalize talks.
The new pact gives teachers a one percent raise in both years of the contract, but freezes retirement and other post-employment benefits at their current levels.
Superintendent Craig Jefson said the agreement can finally give the School District and teachers some certainty after almost two years of negotiations.
The two sides were in the midst of an arbitration dispute before signing the new agreement, which will expire in June.
Dozens of people were already present late this morning for Homes for Our Troops Build Brigade kick-off to help build a new home for Sgt. Jeremy Stengel in Mukwonago. Stengel was injured in combat in 2007, resulting in injuries that require him to use a wheelchair at times. His new home will provide Stengel with a wheelchair accessable home.
Volunteers were at the construction site to help install the home's walls, windows, and doors before the weekend is over.
"Seeing 150 red [Build Brigade] shirts on a cold, Friday morning," is the best part of being involved in the project, Burback Builders' President Rick Burback said.
Burback Builders are volunteering as the general contractors for the home.
Volunteers, as well asfood and drink donations, are welcome.
637 Augusta Dr. in Mukwonago.
Look for the full story in Wednesday's Mukwonago Chief.
The Mukwonago Protective Services Committee will discuss the possibility of contracting for paramedic services on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mukwonago Municipal Building, 440 River Crest Court in the committee room instead of at the Mukwonago Town Hall.
Arrowhead's varsity girls basketball team won its 12th game in a row Friday night, defeating visiting Waukesha North in a Classic 8 Conference game, 48-19.
The win moved the AHS mark to 14-5 on the season and 9-3 in league play. The loss for the Northstars was their 111th in a row in league play.
The Warhawks led 8-0 after the first period and were never challenged.
Jenny Smith fired in 19 points to lead the winners. Kyle Davis, Emily Dawes and Sydney Cook played well off the bench.
The Arrowhead boys swimming and diving team placed fourth Saturday in the WIAA Division 1 state meet in Madison, scoring 143 points. Madison Memorial won by a surprisingly easy margin, racking up 234.5 points to edge out Waukesha South/Catholic Memorial (192).
Jake Prodoehl took second in the 100-yard freestyle and third in the 200 free. Evan Barta placed second in the backstroke.
The two powerhouse wrestling programs in the coverage area, Arrowhead and Mukwonago, will be equally represented at next Thursday's WIAA state meet in Madison by sending six wrestlers onward. To qualify, wrestlers needed to take first or second in their flight at Saturday's sectional.
At West Allis Central, flight champs were Andrew Crone (103 pounds), Adam Yde (125), Jake Sueflohn (140) and Shane Hughes (189). Second place outcomes went to Mitchell Berenz (130) and Mitchell Anderson (160).
Four of Mukwonago's advancing wrestlers won through the win-or-stay-home format of the wrestlebacks, making for an exciting closure to competition at Fort Atkinson. Tommy Kolasinski won in overtime twice during the day and took second at 103, Evan Kolasinski turned an upset in the wrestleback to advance for the first time at 160, Ran Aprahamian rebounded from an earlier upset to win at 171, and Luke Belich scored a takedown at the buzzer to win his match at 215.
Twins Hank Mattson (125) and Joe Mattson (135) did things the old fashioned way and won their brackets to advance. Two other wrestlers -- Tyler Zamzow and Tyler Ladwig -- both fell just short in wrestleback rounds.
Kettle Moraine's Alex Cochrane (heavyweight) and Oconomowoc's Logan Ballering (130) also moved forward to state by winning their flight at Fort Atkinson. Nick Knoebel of Sussex Hamilton won a wrestleback to take second at 135 at West Allis Central and moved forward.
Competing at the DIvision 2 sectional at Milwaukee Lutheran, Pewaukee sent three to the state meet as well, with wrestlers needing a top-three finish in that division. Those moving on were Nathan Moore (first, 119), Gill Saya-ang (second, 125) and Josh Berg (second, 140).
Highway 16 between Hartland and Oconomowoc was snowcovered in spots and very slippery in the passing lanes. Traffic was going only 25 miles per hour in the westbound lane around 3 p.m. as both lanes were snowcovered.
The eastbound lane had one open lane but was slippery in spots. The passing lane was slippery and snowcovered. At least two cars were seen in the ditches between the two towns.
The WIAA post-season boys basketball tournament will begin statewide on Tuesday March 1.
In Division 1 in sectional #1 Oconomowoc earned a #4 seed and will host Middleton on March 5 at 1:30 p.m.
In Division 1 in the #2 sectional Arrowhead earned a No. 2 seed and Kettle Moraine was a No. 9 seed. KM will play at Waukesha North on March 1 at 7 p.m. and Arrowhead will host seventh-seeded Sussex Hamilton on March 5.
In Division 2, Pewaukee is the fourth seed and will host No. 5 seeded Catholic Memorial on March 1 at 7 p.m.
In Division 3, St. John's Northwestern Military Academy earned a #5 seed and will play at fourth-seeded Hope School on March 1.
In Division 5, Lake Country Lutheran is a No. 1 seed and will host No. 8 Trinity Academy on March 1. The same night University Lake School (No. 5) will play at No. 4 Williams Bay. The winner of those two games will play on Friday, March 4.
A public information meeting regarding the Hwy 83 expansion project will be held from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Village of Mukwonago Municipal Building, 440 River Crest Court, Mukwonago.
It is with great sadness that the Big Bend Police Department announces the death of Detective John J. Andrews. Detective Andrews succumbed to injuries he sustained in an off-duty automobile accident on Saturday, Feb.19, 2011.
John Andrews had been a part-time member of the Village of Big Bend Police Department since January of 2009, and was a full-time Patrol Lieutenant in the Village of Twin Lakes. Andrews leaves behind two daughters, ages 8 and 14.
A fund for his daughters has been set up for anyone wishing to contribute at the Citizen’s Bank of Mukwonago. Donations can be made at any of the branches, or by mail to the bank at W236S7050 Big Bend Drive, Big Bend, WI 53103-0250 – REF: Andrews Family Fund.
Funeral arrangements for Andrews will be held at Hales Corners Lutheran Church, 12300 W. Janesville Rd., Visitation will be Thursday, Feb. 24 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., with the service immediately following. There will be no procession.
Arrowhead's varsity boys basketball team had its 12-game winning streak snapped Tuesday night as visiting Marquette (14-6) scored a wire-to-wire 54-43 nonconference win over the No. 5 ranked Warhawks.
AHS fell to 18-3 on the season.
Marquette led 18-14 after the first period and then grabbed a 29-19 edge at halftime. The closest AHS got in the second half was seven points.
Senior forward Ryan May led the Warhawks with 13 points. Charlie Fischer was next with 7 tallies.
Arrowhead (13-0 in Classic 8 Conference play) will close out the league season Thursday at Catholic Memorial at 7:30 p.m. If the Warhawks win that game, they'll be the first team in school history to win a league championship with an undefeated record.
Right around this time of year everyone could use a little fun in their lives. The skies are grey, the mood in our state is contentious, and prices at the pump and in the grocery store are elevating.
This seems a real good time for bluegrass music and pizza. And what do you know, that’s just the ticket this Sunday at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1600 Genesee St. in Delafield.
The church will be hosting the Delafield Public Library’s fourth annual Blue Grass Jam from 2 to 5 p.m. in the congregation’s Great Hall. Following the toe-tapping music presented by area musicians will be the Pastor’s Pizza Party at 5 p.m., featuring music by Bramble & Rose and members of the congregation as well as homemade pizza.
A freewill offering will be collected at the door to cover expenses.
Christ the King Lutheran Church celebrated its 60th anniversary last year. Its first church was dedicated in 1951 and in 1967 the cornerstone of the current church was laid.
For more information, call (262) 646-2343.
Approximately one-third of the teachers in the Merton School District received preliminary notice of possible layoffs or reductions in their paid work time for the 2011-12 school year after a decision at a Feb. 22 School Board meeting. The School Board issued notices to 26 of the roughly 70 teachers that work in the School District. Superintendent Mark Flynn said the final number of layoffs could end up lower once the School District gets a clearer budget picture in mid-march. The possibility of a statewide reduction in per-pupil revenue caps, the loss of summer school and four-year-old kindergarten funding as well as declining District enrollment were all contributing factors in the decision to issue the layoff notices. Flynn said that about half of the notices sent to teachers were for reductions in their paid work time. "I would expect a great number of the people to be recalled back. Others would be issued either total layoffs or reduction in time," he said. "We have been advised by legal counsel with the Wisconsin Association of School Boards that if the budget bill passes in its current form, we may have a problem with following our normal layoff procedures and their timeline once the contract expires, which, for us, is June 30, 2011," Flynn said of the timing of issuing the notices. "Therefore to avoid that problem, we were advised to abide by the statutory guidelines in terms of guidelines instead of by the contractual timelines in the union agreement." According to the superintendent, teachers received layoff notices based on seniority, with the most recently hired teachers receiving notices. "It was not based on performance in anyway," he reiterated. Under current Wisconsin law, teachers must receive a final notice of nonrenewal of contracts by March 15. Additionally, the law requires that staff receive a preliminary notice at least 15 days prior to that final notice, meaning Merton and other school districts had to make a call no later than Feb. 28. "At this early point it keeps all options open for the Board," Flynn said.
Approximately one-third of the teachers in the Merton School District received preliminary notice of possible layoffs or reductions in their paid work time for the 2011-12 school year after a decision at a Feb. 22 School Board meeting.
The School Board issued notices to 26 of the roughly 70 teachers that work in the School District. Superintendent Mark Flynn said the final number of layoffs could end up lower once the School District gets a clearer budget picture in mid-march. The possibility of a statewide reduction in per-pupil revenue caps, the loss of summer school and four-year-old kindergarten funding as well as declining District enrollment were all contributing factors in the decision to issue the layoff notices.
Flynn said that about half of the notices sent to teachers were for reductions in their paid work time.
"I would expect a great number of the people to be recalled back. Others would be issued either total layoffs or reduction in time," he said.
"We have been advised by legal counsel with the Wisconsin Association of School Boards that if the budget bill passes in its current form, we may have a problem with following our normal layoff procedures and their timeline once the contract expires, which, for us, is June 30, 2011," Flynn said of the timing of issuing the notices. "Therefore to avoid that problem, we were advised to abide by the statutory guidelines in terms of guidelines instead of by the contractual timelines in the union agreement."
According to the superintendent, teachers received layoff notices based on seniority, with the most recently hired teachers receiving notices.
"It was not based on performance in anyway," he reiterated.
Under current Wisconsin law, teachers must receive a final notice of nonrenewal of contracts by March 15. Additionally, the law requires that staff receive a preliminary notice at least 15 days prior to that final notice, meaning Merton and other school districts had to make a call no later than Feb. 28.
"At this early point it keeps all options open for the Board," Flynn said.
Pewaukee's varsity boys basketball team rolled over visiting Thomas More Wednesday night in the final Woodland Conference game of the season, 67-49.
PHS finished the season with a 15-7 record and a 13-5 mark in league play.
Junior Jordy Edgerson led the Pirates with 17 points. Kray Bradley added 10 points for the winners.
Pewaukee will host Catholic Memorial Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the opening round of the WIAA Division 2 regional.
A bullying-prevention presentation sponsored by the Oconomowoc Parents Education Network that was postponed last month, will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8 at the Little Theater at Oconomowoc High School. Please enter through the doors to the Oconomowoc Arts Center
The seminar, "No Child Should Be Afraid To Go To School" will offer aduts recognizable signs of bullies and victims and present response strategies.
Registration is required. Please contact Katie Westerman at kathleen.westerman@mail,oasd,k12,wi,us for more information or to register for the presentation.
Open enrollment for Grades K - 8 is now underway at St. John's Christian day school in Mukwonago.
Come and explore how a Christian education can benefit your child with full- and half-day kindergarten options now available with reduced tuition starting the 2011-2012 school year.
For more information call the school office at (262) 363-4999 or visit us at www.stjohnslutheran-muk.org.
While school districts across the state are being advised to issue layoff notices by Monday, the Mukwonago Area School District will wait until May when the district's contract with teachers expires, said Superintendent Paul Strobel.
The district is facing about twice as many retirement notices as expected due to the state's current budget situation. As of Friday morning, Strobel said there were 17 retirement notices that would be brought to the school board meeting on Monday for approval, but that number could change.
As part of its outreach program, individuals from Waukesha County Recycling will be onsite at the Oconomowoc Public Library, 200 W. South St., from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday March 8.
Representatives will answer recycling questions, provide free information and distribute free household recycling bins.
The Arrowhead wrestling team has landed four wrestlers in the WIAA Division 1 individual state wrestling finals, beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Kohl Center in Madison.
Sophomore Andrew Crone (103 pounds), junior Adam Yde (125), senior Jake Sueflohn (140) and senior Shane Hughes (189) will all have a shot at a state title. For live updates from the scene, follow @JRRadcliffe on Twitter.
Sueflohn (48-0) won his first state title last year and is favored to win another, but Rylan Lubeck of Wisconsin Rapids (50-1) was the last grappler to defeat Sueflohn in a match early last year. Crone (42-5) will meet unbeaten Ben Thornton of La Crosse Central (48-0), Yde (39-8) will match up with Logan Cudd of River Falls (38-1) and Hughes (36-5) will challenge Roland Dunlap of Muskego (41-3). All but Sueflohn are in the championship match for the first time.
Hughes defeated unbeaten Devin Peterson of Wisconsin Rapids in the semifinals, recording a second-period pin after going behind by a 12-3 ledger.
Arrowhead's wrestling team hauled in three state titles at the WIAA Division 1 state individual wrestling meet in Madison on Saturday.
Andrew Crone (103 pounds), Adam Yde (125) and Jake Sueflohn (140) all emerged with victories, exceeding the previous school mark for championships in a single year. Arrowhead has only won multiple titles once before, winning two in 2000.
Shane Hughes (189) fell in the finals of his match against Roland Dunlap of Muskego, 10-2.
Crone scored a comeback win over previously-undefeated Ben Thornton of LaCrosse Central, 6-5. Likewise, Yde rallied against Logan Cudd of River Falls, winning when his opponent was hit with two stalling points in the third period, 6-5. Sueflohn battled through a scoreless first period but ultimately dominated Rylan Lubeck of Wisconsin Rapids, 8-0.
Arrowhead now has 15 state championships.
Alex Cochrane of Kettle Moraine took third place at heavyweight, and Arrowhead's Mitchell Berenz placed fourth at 130.
Southbound Highway 83 at interstate 43 is temporarily closed due to a two car accident. No further information is provided at this time. Updates will be posted as they become available.
Two people were transported to Waukesha Memorial Hospital after their cars collided on Highway 83 by the I-43 southbound on-ramp shortly after 1 p.m. on Tuesday.
The accident closed southbound 83 until both vehicles were removed from the scene.
The extent of injuries is not known at this time. For further information, check next week's Mukwonago Chief.
Join Marlin Johnson on the Eagle Nature Trail to identify trees and shrubs and talk about ecology. Johnson is a retired biology teacher from UW-Waukesha and manages the UW-Waukesha Field Station in Waterville. Coffee and hot chocolate will be provided. The event is being held from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m. on March 5 at 820 East Main Street, Eagle, WI 53119.
Sponsored by the Alice Baker Library. Please call 262-594-2800 for more information.
A source indicates that Gov. Scott Walker will announce plans to close Ethan Allen School in the Town of Delafield during his biennial budget address tonight.
Rumors have long circulated that the juvenile corrections facility was in danger of closing in favor of consolidating its operations with Lincoln Hills School in Irma. It is unclear whether the governor's proposal calls for the two facilities to consolidate.
State Rep. Chris Kapenga (R- Delafield), who represents the 33rd Assembly District where Ethan Allen is located, had been leading a charge to keep the correctional facility open.
In October, Kapenga said that while he was in favor of consolidating the state's juvenile corrections facilities to ease a $25 million juvenile corrections budget deficit, he worried that if Ethan Allen were to close it would reopen as an adult detention facility.
"They have put millions and millions of dollars into the facility over the last few years into renovations of the facility. So there is no way, in my opinion, the state cannot look at that as an option for an adult population," the state rep. said in an October interview. "That is our concern. So we want to look at the other facility, the Lincoln Hills facility. There is no community around that, so from a safety concern standpoint, and a property value standpoint, there is very little risk. It is complete opposite from Ethan Allen because there are so many people that live near it, and we're concerned for the safety of our kids."
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Documents released by the Walker administration indicate that the state will close Ethan Allen School in the Town of Delafield along with Southern Oaks Girls School in Racine.
The juvenile corrections facilities will consolidate operations at Lincoln Hills School in Irma.
The document says, "The Department of Corrections can no longer afford to operate three separate juvenile facilities. The Department faces a $21 million deficit by the end of fiscal year 2010-11."
Approximately 230 people work at Ethan Allen.
Senior guard David Reese canned a running 23-foot jump shot with less than one second to play Tuesday night to vault his Pewaukee varsity boys basketball team to a stunning come-from-behind 51-48 victory over visiting Waukesha Catholic Memorial in the opening round of the WIAA Division 2 regional.
With the score tied at 48, CMH had the ball with 21 seocnds to go before turning it over with 4.5 seconds to play. Reese made the steal, took off with the ball, crossed half court and launched an awkward running jumper with a second to play. The ball swished through the net with 0.7 showing on the clock.
The game-winning shot set off a wild celebration on the court between Pewaukee players and fans.
By winning, Pewaukee will play against host New Berlin West Friday at 7 p.m. The winner of that game will advance to the regional title game on Saturday at Waukesha West at 7 p.m.
Junior center Jordy Edgerson fired in a game-high 19 points for the Pirates. Reese finished with 8 points, nine assists, six rebounds and three steals.
CMH junior Charlie Walsh led CMH with 13 points.
Kettle Moraine's Trey Dowling was whistled for a controversial carrying call with 1.6 seconds remaining, short-circuting any chance the Lasers had to defeat Waukesha North in the first round of the WIAA Division 1 playoffs Tuesday night.
The Lasers officially lost, 48-40, but a series of technical fouls trumped up the final deficit. KM was within 41-40 after Matt Hoppe's layup bounded out with 8 seconds left. But North missed two free throws -- and five total in the final 1 minute 12 seconds -- and gave the Lasers one last chance to win.
Dowling drove the length of the floor, tried to shake a defender and was whistled for the carry, which prompted a reaction from coach Reid Chase that drew a technical foul. After North made two free throws, KM was whistled for an intentional foul on the inbound, and technicals on Connor Keating and Kyle Kita followed.
Jake Ricciardi scored 24 points to lead North, which will face Germantown on Saturday in the regional final.
While many local school officials were not ready to draw conclusions about the potential impact of Gov. Walker's proposed biennial budget, here are some initial reactions:
"That’s huge. I mean, I guess I just don’t understand the logical thinking that this is going to help. How can you offer a quality educational program?" Hartland-Lakeside Superintendent Glenn Schilling said.
"My concern is that no matter how it’s sugar-coated, if there is too much taken from the schools, there is going to be a loss of services. Reducing benefits is one thing. It’s fine, and I think there is some reality there that we said, ‘OK, I think we can move forward with this’ ", said Schilling, who pointed out that his district has cut approximately $2 million out of its budget in the last five years by cutting programs and streamlining operations. "But I think if it goes deeper than that, that’s my concern – that we would not be able to continue the quality." "We're going to be faced with keeping a teacher in the classroom that's going to serve 150 children a day versus a roof project," said Al Zietlow, the Lake Country seat on the Arrowhead School Board, during a discussion on building and maintenance projects Wednesday morning.
"My concern is that no matter how it’s sugar-coated, if there is too much taken from the schools, there is going to be a loss of services. Reducing benefits is one thing. It’s fine, and I think there is some reality there that we said, ‘OK, I think we can move forward with this’ ", said Schilling, who pointed out that his district has cut approximately $2 million out of its budget in the last five years by cutting programs and streamlining operations. "But I think if it goes deeper than that, that’s my concern – that we would not be able to continue the quality."
"We're going to be faced with keeping a teacher in the classroom that's going to serve 150 children a day versus a roof project," said Al Zietlow, the Lake Country seat on the Arrowhead School Board, during a discussion on building and maintenance projects Wednesday morning.
State Rep. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) shared his thoughts about the governor's proposed biennial budget in a statement.
Today Governor Walker put forth a bold plan to eliminate Wisconsin’s $3.6 billion deficit. The proposed budget reduces overall spending by nearly 7%, and does so without raising taxes, increasing fees, or raiding segregated funds. In addition, it stops the accounting tricks used in the past by both Republicans and Democrats, reducing our structural deficit by 90 percent; the 33rd Assembly District representative said.
This is tough, there is no denying that, but it is what the citizens of the 33rd District asked me to do. The old practice of tax and spend has come to an end. I will be reviewing the budget bill in more detail once it becomes available, but so far it looks like it will accomplish the goal of restoring fiscal responsibility in government.
In a statement released Wednesday morning, Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas said he was disappointed that the governor plans to close Ethan Allen School in his biennial budget. Vrakas said he had hoped to consolidate the state's juvenile corrections facilities at the Town of Delafield facility.
“I am disappointed to see that the budget bill proposes to close Ethan Allen School. I had hoped that, for the sake of efficiency, the decision would have been to consolidate all three juvenile facilities at Ethan Allen," the statement read. " However, I understand that it was a tough decision by the Governor. If the juvenile centers were not consolidated, the daily rate to house juveniles at these facilities would have increased by nearly 40%."
Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, Mike Barry, responding to Gov. Walker's proposal that identifies a 5.5 percent reduction in school district revenue, said that would translate into a $2.75 million reduction year over year for the Oconomowoc Area School District.
Barry said some of the possible ways for school districts to bridge the budget gap are suggested in the Governor’s Repair Bill. Those ideas include a cost shift from the employee share of pension costs; I would expect a similar cost shift in savings for health insurance plans. These were two specifics mentioned in the Governor’s Repair Bill," he added.
Those measures could represent a cost savings of $2 million to the district. Additional avenues will be explored to close the remaining gap. "At the end of the budget process, then we'll look at the potential reductions in staff, but we're not going to start there," Barry said.
Keep tabs with JR Radcliffe at the Preps Alcove for live updates from the WIAA Division 1 team state meet in Madison, beginning at 7 p.m. Friday with the state quarterfinals.
Arrowhead will face off with Kenosha Tremper, and Mukwonago will meet Franklin in the state quarterfinals at the University of Wisconsin Fieldhouse. The winners will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday, with the championship match to take place at 6 p.m.
Products will be available from Avon, Tupperware, Barefoot Books, Pampered Chef, Beijo Handbags, Bonnico Jewelry Designs, Uppercase Living and chiropractic information from Dr. Erica Knurr from the Big Bend/Vernon Relief and Wellness Center.
There will also be a craft for kids and a toy play area. A special storytime with Miss Jane from the Mukwonago Community Library will be held at 10:30 a.m. Musical entertainment will be provided at 1 p.m. by sister singing duo Deb and Cindy.
A percent of the proceeds from sales benefits the MukwonagoCommunity Library Building Expansion Fund.
For more information call (262) 617.5603.
At the end of a long work week, many parents yearn for a quiet evening out. And that often means without the kids. But the kids deserve a break from their studies and school week as well.
The perfect solution is the Live Y’ers program, a once-a-month program for children in grades K6 through 4. Parents can drop their kids off at the YMCA at Pabst Farms in Oconomowoc at 6:30 p.m. – or at 5 p.m. for dinner and play time. This month’s Live Y’ers program will be this Saturday, March 5 with a theme of “Me Pot of Gold.”
Mom and dad won’t even be missed while the kids are enjoying rock wall and gym activities, swimming, crafts and a snack. Kids are grouped by age as they move from one activity to the next. They will probably hate to leave their new friends and all the fun when it’s time to get picked up at 9:30 p.m.
Cost is just $10 for Y members and $12 for community participants.
For more information about the Pabst Farms Live Y’ers program, cal (262) 567-7251.
Wood'n it be Nice, 716B Main Street, Mukwonago, will be holding their grand opening Saturday, March 5 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, March 6 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wood'n it be Nice sells handmade wooden items such as furniture, jewelry boxes, wine racks, and more.
Complimentary refreshments and special pricing will be available during the opening.
Waukesha – A judge this afternoon sentenced Wayne A. Barkley, 23, of Town of Mukwonago to 7-1/2 years in prison for his role in a fatal snowmobile crash on Phantom Lake in December 2009. Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge William Domina also ordered Barkley to 6 years of extended supervision to follow his prison sentence. Barkley entered the plea to a felony charge of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle. He also entered a no contest plea to a felony bail jumping filed in November for violating conditions of his bail. Barkley was racing another snowmobile on Phantom Lake in the Town of Mukwonago at about midnight Dec. 23 when he braked and the sled tipped over. Domina said Barkley was driving about 60 to 70 mph. His passenger, Chelsey Lobenhofer, 17, of Town of Vernon, was thrown off the single seat snowmobile and hit a slow moving car on the ice. She was not wearing a helmet and suffered severe head trauma as well as other serious bodily injuries. She died Dec. 26. Barkley also had been drinking and smoked marijuana prior to the incident. In the bail jumping charge, Barkley had taken the painkiller, Vicodin, without a prescription, while he was free on bail late last year. As a condition of his bail he was not to consume or possess any drugs without a prescription.
Waukesha – A judge this afternoon sentenced Wayne A. Barkley, 23, of Town of Mukwonago to 7-1/2 years in prison for his role in a fatal snowmobile crash on Phantom Lake in December 2009.
Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge William Domina also ordered Barkley to 6 years of extended supervision to follow his prison sentence.
Barkley entered the plea to a felony charge of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle. He also entered a no contest plea to a felony bail jumping filed in November for violating conditions of his bail.
Barkley was racing another snowmobile on Phantom Lake in the Town of Mukwonago at about midnight Dec. 23 when he braked and the sled tipped over. Domina said Barkley was driving about 60 to 70 mph. His passenger, Chelsey Lobenhofer, 17, of Town of Vernon, was thrown off the single seat snowmobile and hit a slow moving car on the ice. She was not wearing a helmet and suffered severe head trauma as well as other serious bodily injuries. She died Dec. 26.
Barkley also had been drinking and smoked marijuana prior to the incident.
In the bail jumping charge, Barkley had taken the painkiller, Vicodin, without a prescription, while he was free on bail late last year. As a condition of his bail he was not to consume or possess any drugs without a prescription.
Arrowhead and Mukwonago will take part in the WIAA Division 1 team state wrestling tournament in Madison on Friday and Saturday night. Keep up to date with the action here.
The Lake Country Lutheran varsity boys basketball rolled to victory at home on Friday 78-40 over University Lake School in the second round of the WIAA Division 5 boys basketball tournament.
Matt Babel scored 32 points for the Lightning (15-9).
Sean O'Neill had 22 points for the Lakers. (10-12).
"We really didn't have an answer tonight for Babel. He's such a good player," Danny Ehnert, the ULS varsity boys basketball coach said. "And Lake Country Lutheran is deep, so falling behind early didn't help."
The Lightning outscored ULS 24-6 in the first quarter.
Conor Kelly had 16 points for the Lakers. David Emma had other other points.
Lake Country Lutheran is at the WIAA Division 5 Regional final on Saturday at Waukesha South against the Burlington Catholic Central-Faith Christian winner. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.
Arrowhead and Mukwonago's wrestling teams will meet in the WIAA Division 1 state semifinals at Madison on Saturday morning after topping their foes in the quarterfinals Friday night.
The Warhawks dispatched Kenosha Tremper, 38-32, and Mukwonago defeated Franklin, 34-21.
Adam Yde was given a forfeit at 125 pounds for the Warhawks in the final match of the day, breaking a 32-32 tie to tip the scales Arrowhead's direction. Tremper didn't have a wrestler eligible to compete after bumping up its top wrestlers to different weight classes in an effort to get an edge.
Mitchell Berenz defeated 50-3 Tremper junior Dominic Garcia at 130 pounds in the first match of the day, 2-0. Arrowhead wrestled from behind most of the meet but got pins from Zak Ryder (189), Andrew Crone (103) and Cory Cinelli (119), plus another forfeit awarded to Shane Hughes at 215.
Mukwonago's lead was 16-12 when the Indians put it into another gear. Tyler Ladwig won his battle with Brenden Butler in overtime at heavyweight, and a pin by Tommy Kolasinski at 103 put the Indians up by 16 with three matches left. Hank Mattson recorded the other pin at 125 to cap the day.
The winner of tomorrow's 9 a.m. match will meet either Wisconsin Rapids or Hudson in the state championship match, scheduled for 6 p.m.
St. John's NW Military Academy shocked Hope School when senior D.J. Mlachnik took an inbound pass from midcourt and released a high-arcing buzzer-beater from just inside the halfcourt stripe. See YouTube video of the winner here.
Arrowhead's wrestling team will take a crack at state superpower Wisconsin Rapids at 6 p.m. Saturday night after defeating Mukwonago in the state semifinals in Madison on Saturday morning, 36-28.
Andrew Crone entered a winner-take-all scenario at 103 pounds and delivered immediately, pinning Mukwonago's Tommy Kolasinski in 59 seconds to seal victory. The Warhawks also picked up pins from Adam Yde (125), Mitchell Berenz (130), Jake Sueflohn (145), and Shane Hughes (215).
Mukwonago briefly took a 25-24 lead with three matches left, but Hughes and Crone -- both coming off an appearance in the individual state finals one weekend earlier -- remained. Pins for the Indians came from Mayson Madden in a thriller at 171 and Joe Mattson at 135.
Rapids has won 14 of the last 16 team state titles and placed 10 wrestlers on the podium last weekend at individual state.
Ryan Prom scored 33 points as the host Oconomowoc Raccoons defeated Middleton on Saturday in a WIAA Division 1 Regional final 73-59.
Oconomowoc (14-9) will play at Sun Prairie on Thursday in the opening round of the sectional against the Madison Memorial-Madison La Follette winner.
Zach Poker scored 16 points and TJ Schlundt finished with 12 points.
"I've been at Oconomowoc 11 years and I know this is the first time we've been in the sectional. It feels great," Kurt Melton, the Oconomowoc head boys basketball coach said.
Arrowhead's wrestling team fell to Wisconsin Rapids in the WIAA Division 1 state finals Saturday night in Madison, 44-26.
Cory Cinelli (119 pounds) and Andrew Crone (103) pulled off pins for the Warhawks, and Shane Hughes (215) and Jake Sueflohn (152) both won in their final varsity match. Mitchell Berenz added an overtime victory at 130, and Adam Yde scored a 4-0 win at 125.
The Warhawks finished second for the second time. Rapids has won 15 of the last 17 championships.
Arrowhead's varsity boys basketball team, ranked No. 9 in the state in the latest state Division 1 AP poll, opened up defense of their WIAA state championship Saturday night by defeating neighboring Sussex Hamilton in the regional championship game, 66-47.
The win moves the Warhawks (20-3) into the sectional next Friday at the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee against Classic 8 Conference rival Waukesha West (18-5).
The Warhawks trailed 19-14 almost two minutes into the second period before going on a 12-0 run that turned that deficit into a 26-19 lead. Hamilton (8-15) never got closer than five points the rest of the game.
Charlie Fischer and Brandon St. George hit long 3-pointers in that surge and Ricky Lovett and Kenny Finco also scored for AHS.
In the fourth period, with Hamilton trailing 52-45, the Warhawks put together a 9-0 run that put the game away. Scoring in that rally were Ryan May, Blake Mattson, Charlie and Jonny Fischer.
Charlie Fischer finished with a game-high 22 points. May added 9 points to that total and Lovett had 8.
Sussex freshman Brady Ellingson fired in 16 points. Jake Knueppel added 12 and Brandon Hagenow added 11.
Commuters who use highway 83 in Mukwonago have around a week left before construction begins. The start date has been moved to approximately March 16 from the first anticipated March 7 due to contractual negotiations, Wisconsin DOT Regional Communications Manager Dennis Shook explained.
The first phase of construction will reduce traffic on highway 83 to a single lane each direction between McDonalds and Shell Gas to allow for median work. Highways I and 59 will run a single lane each direction for several hundred feet on either side of highway 83. The project will be executed in four phases, and will be completed in late November.
Village of Mukwonago Police Lt. Kevin Schmidt will take the reins as chief of police, effective Friday, March 11, at 4 p.m. Schmidt will take over for Police Chief Fred Winchowky, who is retiring after 39 years of service with the police department.
Watch for more on the new police chief in this week's edition of the Mukwonago Chief.
The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive from 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at Lake Country Lutheran High School (LCLHS). Appointments may be schedule online at www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation. Enter Sponsor Code: 4520, or call (800) 448-3543. A single whole blood donation can help save the lives of up to three people.
Volunteers are also needed to help with the Blood Drive. Send an e-mail to Katie Baganz at email@example.com if interested in helping out
Trinity Academy's varsity girls basketball team won its first round game in the WIAA tournament Tuesday night by defeating visiting Williams Bay in a Division 5 game, 53-41.
Trinity outscored the visitors by a lopsided 33-13 margin in the middle two periods to pull away.
Sydney Dieck fired in 24 points to lead the winners. Alexandra Noack added 18 and Renee Kolbeck scored 11.
Trinity will now play against No. 1 seeded Burlington Catholic Central on Friday at 7 p.m.
The Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Oconomowoc is hosting an event on March 17 featuring national speaker Rev. Sharon Delgado, an ordained United Methodist minister from California and the former executive director of Earth Justice Ministries.
She travels the country presenting seminars, workshops and lectures on peace, justice and the environmental, social and economic effects of economic globalization.
The event, 'Making Peace with Mother Earth' will be held at the church, 209 W. Wisconsin Ave., at noon and a pot luck meal featuring a sustainable local sourced beef stew will be served. For more information, please call the church at (262) 567-2144
Dan Schwartzer, Deputy Commissioner of Insurance for the State of Wisconsin, wil lbe speaking at Olympia at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, March 11 at the Spring Seminar hosted by Snyder Insurance.
The Deputy Commissioner will provide an update on the Health Care Reform Act and how it relates to the State of Wisconsin and will also discuss the most current information in the insurance industry.
For more information, or to reserve a spot at the seminar, please call (262) 567-0288
The FIRST Robotics Wisconsin Regional event is planned for March 11-12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at US Cellular Arena in Milwaukee.
It is free and open to the public.
The engineering competition wil lfeature 51 robots from five states and Canada competing to find out which robot is the best. The event is a combination of racing and sports with lots of action for everyone.
Visit the OHS Robotics Team at the regional - team number 269 - wearing bright safety green t-shirts that read 'I Like Robots'.
For more information, go to www.wisconsinregional.com
A school bus carrying kids from St. John's Lutheran School in Mukwonago slid into the ditch this morning while making a turn around 8 a.m.. According to St. John's Lutheran School, students were transferred to a second bus that deliveed them to the school 15 minutes late. No students were hurt.
When Roald Dahl, creator of the Willy Wonka stories, was growing up in the 1920s in England, two of the country’s famous chocolate companies were vying for the taste buds of children. One would send packages of chocolate to children to taste test, while both companies planted spies, posing as employees, in each other’s factories in order to steal trade secrets. That was the background for Dahl’s stories of the eccentric chocolatier, Willy Wonka, whose factory became the playground of his popular children’s book, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” in 1964. The book eventually was adapted into movies and plays.
At 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, children at Silver Lake Intermediate School will become Charlie Bucket, who finds a golden ticket in a chocolate bar earning him a tour of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory; Veruca Salt, a spoiled rich girl whose whining get her in deep trouble; Oompa Loompas, whose ditties teach childhood lessons; and the other unforgettable Dahl characters as they present their version of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” The show will be held at the Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E. Forest St., Oconomowoc.
Tickets are $8. Children 3 and younger are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased at the school. For more information, call (262) 560-4309.
Follow along with the courtside blog as Lake Country Publications sports director JR Radcliffe provides commentary and updates from the Al McGuire Center, when Arrowhead takes on Waukesha West in the WIAA Division 1 sectional semifinal Friday.
Game time is 8:30 p.m. The live blog kicks in for the 5:45 p.m. game between Germantown and Waukesha South -- the two winners will meet in the sectional final Saturday.
Students at Oconomowoc High School are readying to participate in a walk-out this afternoon at 2 p.m. to protest against the Governor's proposed budget repair bill.
Approximately 25 students walked out from the final class period at Oconomowoc High School today.
The students said they skipped class to show solidarity with their teachers as the budget battle in Madison continues. The group of students coordinated the walkout via Facebook and text messages throughout the school day.
"We just thought we'd support our teachers and try to do our part and send a message that we don't like what's going on," said Mike Schulz, a senior at the high school.
"Obviously we can't all vote, so we tried to voice our opinions by protesting," commented Alyson Nemoir, also a senior.
Principal Joseph Moylan was less than pleased with the conduct of his students. He said the student walkout accomplishes nothing, and he indicated that the school will take disciplinary action against those that participated.
Moylan hoped that the 25 students that walked out would not overshadow the other roughly 1500 other students that stayed in school.
"I said to the kids, 'you need to understand, in the community, community members are going to say that teachers told kids not to come into class. So if you walk out, you are actually putting our teachers in jeopardy of being blamed for you missing class.'"
Both Moylan and students confirmed that teachers were not orchestrating the walkout.
Pewaukee's varsity girls basketball team defeated New Berlin West on Friday at home in a WIAA Division 2 Regional Semi-final, 55-45.
The Pirates (22-1) went 25-for-30 at the free throw line. Jordyn Swan had 11 points for the winners. She also had 10 rebounds. Martha Radke scored 15 points for New Berlin West.
"All season we've been good at the free throw line," Todd Hansen, the Pewaukee head coach said. Hopefully that continues."
Waukesha West's Joe Schobert hit a double-cluth 3-pointer at the buzzer, lifting the Wolverines to a gut-wrenching 58-57 victory over Arrowhead in the WIAA Division 1 playoffs Friday night at the Al McGuire Center.
With 7 seconds left, Austyn Lingle brought the ball down court for West and dished to Schobert in the right corner, who elevated, flinched for a second as a defender screamed by, and rattled home the game-winner as the buzzer sounded.
Led by 12 points from Ricky Lovett of the bench, the Warhawks held a 57-52 lead with 35 seconds to go. West pulled within a basket on a Dillon Gilpatrick 3-pointer off an out-of-bounds play, then fouled with 7 seconds on the clock. Two missed free throws later, West had its final chance.
The defending Division 1 state champs, which went undefeated in Classic 8 Conference play -- including a sweep over West in the regular season -- finished the year 20-4. See the full photo gallery here.
Kendra Brooks scored 21 points as the host Oconomowoc Raccoons varsity girls basketball team advanced to the WIAA Division 1 Sectional Semifinal with a 60-37 victory over Madison West on Saturday.
Oconomowoc improved to 20-3 with the victory and will play at Verona Area High School at 8 p.m. in the next round on Thursday.
Mandy Prom had six assists for the Raccoons.
New Berlin Eisenhower's varsity girls basketball team defeated Woodland Conference rival Pewaukee Saturday afternoon at Waukesha North in a WIAA Division 2 regional championship game, 47-41.
Pewaukee ended the season with a 22-2 mark. Both of those losses came to Eisenhower.
Pewaukee and the Lions were tied at 23 with 6:05 to go in the third period before Eisenhower went on a 10-3 run to close out the quarter and take the lead for good. PHS never got closer than six points the remainder of the game.
Junior Nicole Bauman fired in 23 points to lead the winners. Anna Hahn had 16 points.
Pewaukee was led by Jordyn Swan who had 15 points. Emily Wirth chipped in with 10 tallies.
Village of Pewaukee – West Wisconsin Avenue near the railroad tracks has been closed to traffic in order for crews to repair a water main break that occurred Monday afternoon. David White, public works director, said the work should be completed by later today. Monday, a water main broke and water gushed out in the area of West Wisconsin Avenue near the tracks. The street was closed for about 90 minutes until village crews could close a valve and shut off the flow of water. No damage was reported, White said.
Village of Pewaukee – West Wisconsin Avenue near the railroad tracks has been closed to traffic in order for crews to repair a water main break that occurred Monday afternoon.
David White, public works director, said the work should be completed by later today.
Monday, a water main broke and water gushed out in the area of West Wisconsin Avenue near the tracks. The street was closed for about 90 minutes until village crews could close a valve and shut off the flow of water. No damage was reported, White said.
Construction to highway 83 in Mukwonago has been delayed a second time due to unresolved contract negotiation between contractors and the state, Dennis Shook, Wisconsin Department of Transportation Southeast Regional Communications Manager reported Monday night.
Shook said the delay is due to the contractors and the state working out language details in the contract.
A new start date has not been set, and will be dependent on the approval of the contract.
Updates will be made as they become available.
Stefan Totzke, current part-time deputy chief for the Dousman Fire District, has been selected as the District's new full-time fire chief, effective March 28.
Totzke replaces Joseph Giver as fire chief, who left the Fire District on Feb. 14 to become the new full-time chief for the Verona Fire District.
Waukesha – Testimony began this afternoon in the trial of a Town of Oconomowoc man who allegedly kicked his dog to death two years ago. Mark H. Tessmer, 54, of W348 N6053 California Ave., is charged with felony counts of mistreatment of animals and mental harm to a child. Tessmer is accused of repeatedly kicking a 3-year-old Australian labradoodle in front of his two children, who were 7 and 11-years-old at the time, on Feb. 28, 2009, because the dog had defecated and urinated in the house. The dog was found dead the following day. Waukesha County Assistant District Attorney Michelle Hulgaard argued in her opening arguments that Tessmer kicked the dog with his work boot 10 times in the chest. "Their dad literally kicked their dog down the hallway," she told a jury. Hulgaard said the dog was breathing heavily that night and later died near a back door. Tessmer then allegedly told his children that the dog died of a heart attack. Later Tessmer would say the dog had died of rat poison. As a result of witnessing the attack, Tessmer’s son suffered serious trauma including having nightmares and waking up in a cold sweat, Hulgaard said. An autopsy showed the dog died of blunt force resulting in hemorrhaging and muscle torn from it chest, she said. Tessmer’s attorney, Dan Fay, argued Tessmer admitted to kicking the dog saying he "made a terrible mistake." Fay said Tessmer though did not intentionally decide to kill the dog. Fay suggested in his arguments that the cause of the death occurred two days earlier and that the cause was the dog consuming rat poison. Fay said the dog’s behavior had changed prior to the attack. Tessmer’s children briefly took the stand. Each was followed by a video of their statements made to a social worker on March 9, 2009, at the Care Center. The boy, now 13, and the girl, now 9, told the social worker they saw their father kick the dog.
Waukesha – Testimony began this afternoon in the trial of a Town of Oconomowoc man who allegedly kicked his dog to death two years ago.
Mark H. Tessmer, 54, of W348 N6053 California Ave., is charged with felony counts of mistreatment of animals and mental harm to a child.
Tessmer is accused of repeatedly kicking a 3-year-old Australian labradoodle in front of his two children, who were 7 and 11-years-old at the time, on Feb. 28, 2009, because the dog had defecated and urinated in the house. The dog was found dead the following day.
Waukesha County Assistant District Attorney Michelle Hulgaard argued in her opening arguments that Tessmer kicked the dog with his work boot 10 times in the chest. "Their dad literally kicked their dog down the hallway," she told a jury.
Hulgaard said the dog was breathing heavily that night and later died near a back door. Tessmer then allegedly told his children that the dog died of a heart attack. Later Tessmer would say the dog had died of rat poison.
As a result of witnessing the attack, Tessmer’s son suffered serious trauma including having nightmares and waking up in a cold sweat, Hulgaard said.
An autopsy showed the dog died of blunt force resulting in hemorrhaging and muscle torn from it chest, she said.
Tessmer’s attorney, Dan Fay, argued Tessmer admitted to kicking the dog saying he "made a terrible mistake."
Fay said Tessmer though did not intentionally decide to kill the dog. Fay suggested in his arguments that the cause of the death occurred two days earlier and that the cause was the dog consuming rat poison. Fay said the dog’s behavior had changed prior to the attack.
Tessmer’s children briefly took the stand. Each was followed by a video of their statements made to a social worker on March 9, 2009, at the Care Center. The boy, now 13, and the girl, now 9, told the social worker they saw their father kick the dog.
What started out as two brothers and their kids 20 years ago has evolved into “Leahy’s Luck” today, one of the area’s premier Irish bands with five albums to their credit.
Most of the kids are grown and gone, but brothers Tom and Brian Leahy have added Randal Harrison on violin and Stas Venglevski on accordion to create a distinct style of world music.
The group has been busy this week celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with their music and will be coming to the Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E. Froest St., this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $24 for adults, $18 for seniors and $8 for students. Call (262) 560-3172 for ticket information. For more information about the band, visit www.leahysluck.com.
Courtney Lemon scored 11 points in her final game, and the Sussex Hamilton girls basketball team lost a 54-32 WIAA sectional semifinal to top-seeded Nicolet on Thursday at Kettle Moraine.
The Chargers finished the year 16-8 and reached the sectional for the first time since 1998.
Ashley Green and Alex Cohen -- two players headed to Division 1 universities on basketball scholarships in UW-Milwaukee and Northwestern, respectively -- both scored 19 points to front the Nicolet charge. Hamilton was within 6 points at halftime but couldn't contain the Knights in the second half.
The Arrowhead girls basketball team survived a thriller Thursday night at Kettle Moraine, topping the host Lasers in a WIAA Division 1 sectional semifinal in two overtimes, 51-47.
Andrea Hirschfeld hit her only basket of the game, a putback off a rebound with 27 seconds left in the second session to give the Warhawks a 48-47 edge. Kettle Moraine then called a timeout it didn't have, leading to two technical free throws and possession for the Warhawks.
Arrowhead didn't hit on either freebie, but Kyle Davis drained two free throws on the ensuing possession, and Davis then stole the ball when KM tried to set up a final shot, drawing contact on her way to the hoop to earn game-clinching free throws.
The Warhawks advance to face Nicolet on Saturday at Kettle Moraine in the sectional final. The winner of that contest will appear in the Super Tuesday event three days later in Oshkosh.
KM finished 17-7 and was led by Robinson's 18 points. The Warhawks improved to 18-6. Jenny Smith scored 20 points for AHS.
Highway 83 is temporarily closed south of Mukwonago between highway L and highway O. Both directions of traffic are being diverted by police. It is unclear how long the road will be closed for. No details as to why the road is closed have been released.
Bestselling author, humorist and songwriter, Michael Perry and his band, The Long Beds, present a fun evening of great music on OAC’s main stage onSaturday, April 2, at 7:30 PM. Tickets are available through the box office 262-560-3172 or on line at www.theoac.net.
Michael Perry and The Long Beds bring together a combination of original music that is a mix of straight up country twang, church harmonies and has been often referred to as “Americana” and "roughneck folk".
Perry began writing songs in the early 1990s during long nights when he was struggling to survive on prose (he is the author of four books: Population 485, Truck, Off Main Street, and Coop). With no arts background (he has a nursing degree) he found himself drawn especially to the work of poets and singer/songwriters. He began writing songs as a way to break up all-night typing sessions, and eventually he had enough of them that a musician friend invited him to play at a coffee shop. In 2006, he released his first album, Headwinded.
Palmyra-Eagle School District has released a survey form asking for input from community members, parents, teachers and district staff.
The survey form will be sent home with students today and is available at local businesses or from the school Website at www.palmyra.k12.wi.us To download the survey form, please click on the Press Releases link.
“The budget changes have provided us options in regard to funding,” says Glenn Schlender, P-EASD superintendent. “The school board is focused on preserving classes and programs while still supporting our teachers and staff; we’d like to hear what the community residents are thinking.”
The survey form asks residents which educational areas should be preserved, or cut back; in addition, it asks for input in regard to teacher-employee benefits options and retirement funding.
“As we move forward with the budget process, we need to hear from residents,” says Schlender. “And I add that we are extremely proud of our teachers’ dedication to the students during this uncertain time.”
Please return the form by March 25 to any school office or the P-EASD offices at 123 Burr Oak Street, Palmyra, WI 53156.
Students in 9th-12th grade are invited to join in a free book club at the Oconomowoc Pub Library.
This month it will discuss the book “Feed” by M.T. Anderson.
The group meets on Wed. April 27, from 4-5 p.m. at the library at 200 W. South Street in Oconomowoc. Free food will be provided.
Pick up your free copy of the book at the library’s checkout desk, read it, and then come to book club. The book is yours to keep.
If you have any questions, please contact Betsy at (262)-569-2193 or firstname.lastname@example.org
At 4:03 a.m. this morning, the Racine County Communications Center received several calls of an accident in the 7500 block of Highway 83, north of Greeley Road.
At the scene, officers and rescue crews found a 2003 Chevy Avalanche had struck several trees and was severely damaged.
A female occupant was pronounced deceased at the scene. A male occupant was flown to Froedert Memorial Hospital by Flight for Life where he remains in stable condition.
Preliminary investigations indicate that speed and alcohol may have been factors in the crash. Investigation also indicates the vehicle was northbound on Highway 83 and drifted to the right shoulder. The operator over corrected and slid back across both lanes of traffic as it spun. The vehicle exited the roadway into the west ditch line where it impacted two large trees.
The investigation remains under investigation by the Racine County Sheriff's Office, Wisconsin State Patrol Traffic Reconstruction Unit, and the Racine County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Names are not being released pending notification of family members. Highway 83 has been reopened.
Town of Lisbon – A voice from the past spoke out in support of incorporation for the Town of Lisbon last week and rebutted arguments by a Sussex village attorney that the town was not qualified or adequately prepared to become a village.
Former Town Chairman Gerald Schmitz, who served as chairman from 1997 to 2007, described to the state Incorporation Review Board some of the town’s efforts during the past decade to prepare itself to be a village and reach agreements with surrounding communities to share services and respect each other’s borders.
A citizens’ group, Lisbon-Inc.org, told the board during the five hour hearing that the town has sufficient population density, tax revenues, and municipal services and is sufficiently homogenous and compact to meet state standards for a village. About 100 people attended the hearing were 47 town residents and business owners spoke in support of incorporation of the town into a village.
Attorney Stanley Riffle represented the villages of Sussex and Menomonee Falls in opposing the incorporation. He said the town’s tax rate and ability to deliver municipal services was not comparable to surrounding villages and the town as not “reasonably homogenous and compact” to qualify as a village. Riffle argued one of the reasons the community was not homogenous was because it is served by two high schools and multiple elementary and middle school districts.
In rebuttal, Schmitz rattled off a list of about a half dozen nearby communities served by multiple schools district. He added that the population density and the compactness of the Town of Lisbon is comparable to the Village of Richfield in Washington County which Riffle represented during its successful attempt to be incorporated as a village.
During a May 24 meeting in Madison, the Incorporation Review Board will deliberate over the information presented at the public hearing as well as staff recommendations regarding whether the town meets the state standards for a village. A decision is expected in June.
Local Boy Scout troops begin the Scouting for Food drive this Saturday by distributing plastic bags to homes in surrounding neighborhoods. Recipients can fill the bags with non-perishable food and other items and place the bags on their porch for pick up on Saturday, March 26. Scouts will then sort the items and deliver to a local food pantry. Cub Scout Pack 26 in Big Bend will deliver the collected food to the Mukwonago Food Pantry on March 26 at 1 p.m.
Local Boy Scout troops begin the Scouting for Food drive this Saturday by distributing plastic bags to homes in surrounding neighborhoods. Recipients can fill the bags with non-perishable food and other items and place the bags on their porch for pick up on Saturday, March 26. Scouts will then sort the items and deliver to a local food pantry.
Cub Scout Pack 26 in Big Bend will deliver the collected food to the Mukwonago Food Pantry on March 26 at 1 p.m.
The Mukwonago Community Library began the move to its temporary home at the Goodden's Sporting Goods, 1012 Main Street, today. The library will be closed starting Saturday, March 19 and will reopen at the new location on Wednesday, March 23.
Five Lake Country communities have been named among the top ten best suburbs to live in according to Milwaukee Magazine.
The Town of Mukwonago, the Town of Delafield, and the Village of Sussex were named the top three. The Village of Merton was ranked seventh and the City of Pewaukee eighth.
The City of Delafield, the Village of Pewaukee, the Village of Mukwonago, the City of Oconomowoc and the Village of Summit were listed among the top 25 suburban communities.
The magazine identifies what it ranks as 50 top surburban in its April edition which was mailed to subcribers last week and is on newstands today.
A structural engineer was called in earlier this week to inspect the extent of damage caused by a crack in the first floor in the Village Hall, in the village clerk's office, according to Village Public Safety Chairwoman Pat Tetzlaff.
Tetzlaff, a trustee on the Village Board, said the engineering firm said there is no immediate danger created by the crack in the floor that they believe may have been the result of remodeling work done 30 years ago.
A recent report issued by an architectual firm and a construction company suggested the 90 year old school building was structurally sound but cannot be relied on much longer to serve as the center of the village's government.
Tetzlaff also chairs a committee appointed by the village board to explore alternatives, including possibly rebuilding or replacing, the Main Street school as the site for village government.
However, village officials will also consider steps that can be taken to preserve the school building which has served as a village icon and landmark for decades.
Nicolet started on a 15-2 run, and Arrowhead never broke even in a WIAA Division 1 sectional final girls basketball game Saturday at Kettle Moraine. The Warhawks fell to the Knights, 55-22.
Ashley Green scored 15 points to pace a balanced Nicolet attack. Amanda Bauer and Jenny Smith both scored 6 points for Arrowhead, which watched Nicolet ride an 18-0 run to put the game out of reach late in the second and early in the third quarter.
Arrowhead allowed only 2 points in the fourth quarter, but the damage had been done. Arrowhead finished 18-7.
Mukwonago Community Library staff and volunteers reshelf books while a crew from Anchor Moving Systems put shelf units in place on Monday at the library's temporary location on Bay View Road. The library is set to reopen on Wednesday, March 23, according to Library Director Nick Weber.
Parents United, a consortium of area school districts, will sponsor a program on Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. by child psychotherapist Ray Kinney, M. S. with Cornerstone Counseling Services. The program will be held at the Radisson Hotel Conference Center, Highway 164, Pewaukee, in the lower level of the hotel.
The program will help parents understand and learn to cope with children who struggle to attach, including addressing how to parent a child with attachment challenges, are adopted children more at risk, international adoption, can a loving parent have a child with RAD and a review of the most recent research related to brain development and institutional care.
For additional information or to make a reservation call: Edie Scott at (262) 965-2001 or e-mail email@example.com
Tessmer’s son and daughter, then 7 and 11-years-old respectively at the time, were normal children, she said. But they witnessed their father "brutally attack" the dog. "The defendant kicked and kicked and kicked the dog," said Hulgaard who said Tessmer was angry over the dog urinating and defecating in the house. Tessmer kicked the dog, saw his children standing nearby and the continued to kick the dog, she said. The dog died of blunt force trauma, according to the state’s expert witness. Tessmer's suffered from nightmares, flashbacks and did not want to sleep alone, Hulgaard said. The boy also became depressed and withdrawn, she added. Tessmer’s attorney, Dan Fay, said Hulgaard "confused emotion and indignation with evidence and fact. She believes saying kick, kick, kick is evidence." Fay said the dog did not suffer any broken bones or even a cut. "There were no other sign of blunt force trauma," Fay said. "Was the dog whimpering, crying, limping?" The defense’s argument was the dog died of rat poison. Fay said the "level of hemorrhaging is consistent" with a dog ingesting such a poison. Fay also said he did not cause any mental harm to his son. "There is no evidence he is not doing fine in school," Fay said. "During the whole time he (Tessmer) is trying to figure out what’s best for the kids," Fay said. "This man has been through the ringer." Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Kathleen Stilling released the jury for deliberations at 2:45 p.m.
Tessmer’s son and daughter, then 7 and 11-years-old respectively at the time, were normal children, she said. But they witnessed their father "brutally attack" the dog.
"The defendant kicked and kicked and kicked the dog," said Hulgaard who said Tessmer was angry over the dog urinating and defecating in the house.
Tessmer kicked the dog, saw his children standing nearby and the continued to kick the dog, she said.
The dog died of blunt force trauma, according to the state’s expert witness.
Tessmer's suffered from nightmares, flashbacks and did not want to sleep alone, Hulgaard said. The boy also became depressed and withdrawn, she added.
Tessmer’s attorney, Dan Fay, said Hulgaard "confused emotion and indignation with evidence and fact. She believes saying kick, kick, kick is evidence."
Fay said the dog did not suffer any broken bones or even a cut. "There were no other sign of blunt force trauma," Fay said. "Was the dog whimpering, crying, limping?"
The defense’s argument was the dog died of rat poison. Fay said the "level of hemorrhaging is consistent" with a dog ingesting such a poison.
Fay also said he did not cause any mental harm to his son.
"There is no evidence he is not doing fine in school," Fay said.
"During the whole time he (Tessmer) is trying to figure out what’s best for the kids," Fay said. "This man has been through the ringer."
Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Kathleen Stilling released the jury for deliberations at 2:45 p.m.
Waukesha – Testimony wrapped up today in the trial of an Okauchee man who was accused of kicking his dog in front of his children and the dog allegedly succumbing to the injuries suffered in the attack.
Mark H. Tessmer, 54, of W348 N6053 California Ave., Town of Oconomowoc, is charged with felony counts of mistreatment of animals and causing mental harm to a child. Tessmer is accused of repeatedly kicking the family dog, named Zorro, a 3-year-old labradoodle on Feb. 28 because the dog urinated and defecated in the house. The dog was found dead the following day.
Closing arguments were held this afternoon.
"There are moments that can change a life," said Waukesha County Assistant District Attorney Michelle Hulgaard.
Waukesha – Michael H. Tessmer was found guilty by a jury Monday for kicking a dog to death in front of his two children two years ago. Tessmer, 54, of W348 N6053 California Ave., Town of Oconomowoc, was charged with felony counts of mistreatment of animals and causing mental harm to a child. Tessmer is accused of repeatedly kicking the family dog on Feb. 28, 2009, because the dog urinated and defecated in the house. The dog was found dead the following day. Tessmer faces a maximum sentence of nine years in prison. He will be sentenced May 9.
Waukesha – Michael H. Tessmer was found guilty by a jury Monday for kicking a dog to death in front of his two children two years ago.
Tessmer, 54, of W348 N6053 California Ave., Town of Oconomowoc, was charged with felony counts of mistreatment of animals and causing mental harm to a child. Tessmer is accused of repeatedly kicking the family dog on Feb. 28, 2009, because the dog urinated and defecated in the house. The dog was found dead the following day.
Tessmer faces a maximum sentence of nine years in prison. He will be sentenced May 9.
Waukesha – The man accused of slaying an Oconomowoc woman in the fall of 2009 in the murder-for-hire case will be entering a guilty plea next month.
Donna Kuchler, the lawyer for Justin P. Welch, informed Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge James R. Kieffer this morning that her client would be entering a plea.
Welch, 27, is charged with first-degree homicide in the death of Kimberly Smith, 39, who was stabbed to death in her City of Oconomowoc home Oct. 1, 2009. Also charged with the same offense are Smith's former boyfriend, Darren Wold, 37, formerly of Waukesha, and Wold's longtime friend, Jack Johnson, 66, of Mexico.
Wold allegedly sent money to Johnson who in turn allegedly hired Welch to kill Smith. Welch is scheduled to appear in court April 11 to enter his plea.
Wold allegedly sent money to Johnson who in turn allegedly hired Welch to kill Smith.
Welch is scheduled to appear in court April 11 to enter his plea.
An indoor meditation labyrinth is available in the basement at North Prairie United Methodist Church, 107 N. Main Street (across from Bill's gas station), daily March 28 through April 2 from 9 a.m. to noon and other times by appointment.
The public is cordially invited. Labyrinths have been used by many cultures and religious traditions for over 4000 years as a tool for healing, meditation and prayer. The labyrinth is not a maze to get lost in, but rather a patterned circuit offering people of all faiths a place to think, walk and reflect. Afternoon and evening hours are available by appointment and groups are welcome.
Please call (262) 392-3292 to reserve the space. Devotional materials will be available and you may bring your own.
John Gilless of Mukwonago uses a computer at the Mukwonago Community Library today. The library reopened Wednesday in its temporary location in the Goodden's Sports store on Highway ES in Mukwonago The library had been closed since Saturday for the move to prepare for the start of construction on the library's expansion project.
Village of Mukwonago President and Trustee candidates discuss issues facing the Village at the Political Candidate Forum hosted by the Mukwonago Chamber of Commerce tonight.
Jim Wagner and Fred Winchowky, along with trustee candidates Mark Penzkover, Michael Sellenheim, Arnie Fickau and Jim Decker talk about their vision for the growth of the Village, top priorities they would face if elected to office and their position on two Village issues - combining dispatch services with the county and privatizing ambulance services.
Watch video footage on Living Lake Country to hear their responses.
The Mukwonago Fire Department reports icy, slippery roads in the area and advises caution when driving tonight. According to the department, trucks are out salting the roads at this time.
Mitchell Fischer, 17, a junior at MHS, passed away early this morning.
Support staff will be available at the school to assist students. A room will be available for students to voluntarily come and sign a banner that will be given to the family.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
It’s spring and the world is coming to life. All around us, there are hints of green in the grass, spring bulbs poking their cold noses through the ground, critters waking up from their long winter’s nap.
At the Wildlife in Need Center, spring is the baby season and that means staff will be seeing orphaned owls, squirrels, songbirds, raccoons, hawks, chipmunks, mallards and other creatures as they take their fledgling steps through a dangerous world.
The center is celebrating spring – and the near-completion of its new facility – with a pancake breakfast and baby shower from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Dousman/Ottawa Lions club, 235 Main St., Dousman. The meal includes pancakes with toppings, eggs, sausage, coffee and juice. You’ll also be able to purchase goodies to take home at the bake sale.
Several of the center’s educational ambassador animals will be at the event and staff and volunteers will be available to answer questions. Merchandise such as clothing, puppets and cards will also be available for purchase.
The Wildlife in Need Center is hoping to have its new home ready in a few months and is counting on community support to help make that possible.
For more information about the Wildlife in Need Center, visit www.helpingwildlife.org or call (262) 968-5075.
The Mukwonago Area School District Board of Education will discuss the status of the teacher and classified union contracts at its meeting on March 28 to consider either extending the current contract or enter into a new contract with teachers.
Language in the teachers' contract states that if neither party informs the other party of a change with the contract by Feb. 1, the current contract will remain in effect for another year, said Superintendent Paul Strobel. Since the budget repair bill was announced after that date, no notice of contract changes was given.
The teachers' union brought the contract language to the district's attention on March 17. Strobel said the issue would be discussed at the school board meeting on Monday to determine if the current contract will be extended or if there will be a voluntary settlement on a new contract with concessions on wages and benefits.
Watch for the complete story in the Mukwonago Chief next week.
Watch for the complete story in the Mukwonago Chief next week.
The Mukwonago Area School District Board of Education meeting tonight, March 28, has been moved to the Mukwonago High School auditorium. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m.
Due to this relocation, the meeting is unable to be broadcast live on Channel 13. Proceedings will be recorded and replayed on Channel 13 at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, according to Julie Miller, technology administrator.
The crowd at the Mukwonago School Board meeting was split between asking the school board to use the tools Governor Scott Walker presented in the budget repair bill to keep taxes down and working with the teaching staff to work on a contract compromise.
Community members warned the school board that extending the teaching contract would tie the district's hands, while teachers cited the district motto of students, staff and community working together to continue to provide quality education.
After an hour of citizens’ comments, the Mukwonago School Board left the MHS auditorium to go into closed session regarding possible discussion with teachers on contract extensions. Superintendent Paul Strobel reminded those at the meeting that the board would not be voting on any contracts at the meeting this evening.
After an hour of citizens’ comments, the Mukwonago School Board left the MHS auditorium to go into closed session regarding possible discussion with teachers on contract extensions.
Superintendent Paul Strobel reminded those at the meeting that the board would not be voting on any contracts at the meeting this evening.
After more than an hour-long closed session, the Mukwonago School Board has decided to meet with teachers and talk about a possible contract extension for next year.
"All we are doing is deciding to sit down and talk," said School Board President Paul Wysocki. "We are not committing ourselves at this time."
Watch for a complete story in Wednesday's Mukwonago Chief.
Watch for a complete story in Wednesday's Mukwonago Chief.
Even after tabbing Jeremy Lowe, of Vail Colo., as their choice for the new principal of Lake Country Lutheran High School, the school still has no principal for next year after Lowe declined the offer. The Board of Directors of the Lutheran High School Association of Greater Milwaukee selected Lowe at the end of January, but they were later informed that Lowe was no longer interested in the position. Thus, the school goes back to the drawing board. Before offering the position to Lowe, the board had narrowed its principal search to three top candidates, including Lowe, Craig Ernstmeyer, the current principal at Saxony Lutheran High School in Jackson, Mo., and Chad Kogutiewicz, a principal and teacher at Hales Corners Lutheran Middle School. Lutheran High School Association of Greater Milwaukee chief executive officer Todd Moritz said that both Ersntmeyer and Kogutiewicz remain candidates for the position along with several other new applicants. Moritz expects the board to make a new selection within three to four weeks.
Even after tabbing Jeremy Lowe, of Vail Colo., as their choice for the new principal of Lake Country Lutheran High School, the school still has no principal for next year after Lowe declined the offer.
The Board of Directors of the Lutheran High School Association of Greater Milwaukee selected Lowe at the end of January, but they were later informed that Lowe was no longer interested in the position.
Thus, the school goes back to the drawing board. Before offering the position to Lowe, the board had narrowed its principal search to three top candidates, including Lowe, Craig Ernstmeyer, the current principal at Saxony Lutheran High School in Jackson, Mo., and Chad Kogutiewicz, a principal and teacher at Hales Corners Lutheran Middle School.
Lutheran High School Association of Greater Milwaukee chief executive officer Todd Moritz said that both Ersntmeyer and Kogutiewicz remain candidates for the position along with several other new applicants.
Moritz expects the board to make a new selection within three to four weeks.
After hearing proposals from its teachers, the Stone Bank School Board has no plans to pursue a contract extension at this time.
Teachers asked the board to consider a contract extension last week, which the board then discussed in closed session on March 25, but according to the school district's superintendent, the district has no interest in adopting any such proposal at this point.
"There's so much that is unknown about how this is all developing and how things are going in Madison," said superintendent Phil Meissen. "But I do think that our district looking at an extension is not an option for us."
Meissen said that talks are not continuing at this time, and that the board plans to heed the advice of the Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB) and not pursue any extensions at this time because of the uncertainty surrounding the fate of the collective bargaining law that some contend is passed, and others say is not.
The Swallow School Board plans to discuss an extension to its agreement with its teachers tonight.
The board will confront the topic in closed session at a special school board meeting at the school.
Officials say that the teachers submitted a formal request for a contract extension and that the board will at least consider their request.
The meeting, slated to begin at 6 p.m., will go into closed session upon convening.
Residents can hear the three candidates for Merton School Board sound off on the issues facing the school tonight.
The candidate forum will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Merton Intermediate School Little Theater.
Challenger Amy Hemmer will be on hand to discuss the school district's future with incumbent board members Dean Dobbertin and Mark Bradley.
North Lake resident Bill Gillette is wrapping up his drive to put shoes on barefoot Afghan children.
He's already delivered the first shipment from Lake Country residents to a lucky group of kids in his area of operations, but the last day to donate is approaching fast - March 31.
Shoe donations can be dropped off at various collection points around the area including Emperor's Kitchen in the City of Delafield, both Fox Bros. Piggly Wiggly locations (Hartland and Oconomowoc), the Town Hall Library in North Lake and the Blessed Teresa of Calcutta parishes in Monches and North Lake.
Gillette is currently serving with the US State Dept. in Afghanistan. Read more about his efforts in next Tuesday's Lake Country Reporter and Oconomowoc Focus.
Jean Henschel, 35, a special education teacher at Arrowhead, has been named the new varsity boys volleyball coach at AHS.
Henschel previously coached the Warhawks from 2002 through 2005. She led the Warhawks to back-to-back WIAA state tournament appearances in 2004 and 2005.
Two Vernon Department of Public Works employees were escorted out of town hall this morning after the board discussed possible budget cuts in closed session last night. The town board voted to approve the layoffs after reconvening in open session yesterday with a 4-1 vote. The decision to cut from the DPW came as a result of the state's proposed budget bill and anticipated cuts to road and recycling programs. These layoffs drop the number of DPW employees from six to four.
Doug Salentine, Vernon Department of Public Works Director said that the affects of these cuts have been immediately apparent as work scheduled for this morning has not been able to be complete due to lack of staff.
“We’ve never been at four (employees). This department cannot function properly with four people,” Salentine said.
Watch for complete story in the April 6 Mukwonago Chief.
Arrowhead's varsity girls track team captured the championship Tuesday night at the Lois Wolf Indoor Invitational at Whitefish Bay. The Warhawks won with 108 points. Whitefish Bay was second with 76 points.
Winning events for the Warhawks were Heather Bong in the 60-yard dash (7.53), Jackie Dubnicka in the mile run (5:25), Cami Gilson in the pole vault (10-6) and the 3,200 relay team (10:16).
Taking seconds were Liz Duchow in the 60 dash, Bong in the 220 dash, Vannessa Voss in the long jump, Becky Doleschy in the shot put and the 640 relay team.
Arno Kirchenwitz, who was named as the new Oconomowoc baseball coach last fall, has stepped down as girls basketball coach at the school.
The girls compiled a 20-4 record in 2010-11. Kirchenwitz was head coach for two decades and an assistant with the baseball program for 17 years before head coach Pat Neary retired last spring. Read the full story.
Waukesha – A man described as a career criminal who went on a crime spree that stretched from the south east to the Midwest in 2007 was sentenced March 25 to three years probation for stealing jewelry from a Wales store that year.
Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Patrick C. Haughney imposed and stayed a prison sentence of 1-1/2 years and three years of extended supervision for James B. Mayhew, 34, of Hopkinsville, Ky.
According to the criminal complaint, Mayhew stole numerous pocket watches and jewelry between July 8 and 11, 2007, from the Antique Center, 323 E. Summit Ave. The jewelry was valued at $11,754. A Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department detective was able to find fingerprints in the store and they were matched by the Wisconsin State Crime Labe to Mayhew, the complaint said.
Mayhew is currently incarcerated in a Virginia prison for stealing from antique shops in that state.
A sure sign of spring is when the marathon race season kicks off. One of the first of the season is The Trailbreaker, which takes a scenic route from the Fox River in Waukesha to the Lapham Peak Tower in Delafield.
Staring at 6 a.m. Saturday, runners can register at the Schuetze Recreation Center gymnasium at 1120 Baxter St., Waukesha. The marathon begins at 8 a.m., the half-marathon at 9:30 a.m. and the 5 K begins at 10 a.m.
The marathon course covers some four miles of city streets and sidewalks, 15 miles of improved trails – including the Fox River Trail and Glacial Drumlin Trail – and seven miles of the Ice Age Trail. About six miles of the trail are rugged. Marathoners must climb to the top of 40-foot Lapham Peak Tower, the highest point in Waukesha County, and then head back to the Schuetze Center.
All marathon and half-marathon finishers will receive an event medal. Awards will be given in a number of age categories for the first three finishers in each category.
For more information about 19th running of The Trailbreaker visit www.runthetrailbreaker.com or call (262) 524-3716.
After the Mukwonago Area School Board personnel committee and the teacher's negotiation team met last night, the two parties agreed to disagree about contract language and possible concessions for next year, according to Superintendent Paul Strobel.
While teachers proposed concessions connected to a two-year contract, the school board remained firm in only considering an agreement for next year.
Jan Rolfe, chief negotiator for the United Lakewood Educators, "The Union agrees that the Walker cuts are disastrous for our schools and pledges to join the District in fighting against this budget
regardless of the failure to reach an agreement on any extension."
Watch for a complete story in the April 6 Mukwonago Chief.
On Saturday morning, April 9 from 10 a.m. to noon, Jim Brownlow, candidate for the 83 Assembly District, will hold his final “Coffee with Jim” listening and discussion session in Muskego prior to the May 3, 2011 special election. The “Coffee with Jim” will be held in the meeting room of the Waukesha State Bank at S69W15273 Janesville Road, Muskego. The Bank is located on Janesville Road, just East of Moorland.
“Jobs, education, and the tax policy deserve a common sense, middle class point-of-view,” says Brownlow.
Brownlow is running on a platform of strengthening the state’s struggling middle class. By putting good decision making ahead of blind partisanship, we can find common ground to enhance the environment for the working class of our state.
“I hope that all my neighbors will come by for a cup of coffee and friendly conversation,” stated Brownlow.
Brownlow, a retired teacher and librarian from the Muskego/Norway school district, resides in Muskego with his wife. They are the parents of two sons who are currently attending universities.
The 83rd Assembly District represents parts of Racine, Walworth and Waukesha counties.
Lake Country Lutheran's varsity girls softball team lost its first game in program history on Tuesday, 6-4, against Faith Christian. The game was at Lake Country Lutheran.
Sophomore Emily Howe was the pitcher of record for the Lightning.
Defensively, the Lightning were led by senior Katie Muckerheide.
Two successful bunts were executed by freshman Ashley Andersen.
"It was so fun. We have five players that played in their first game ever, but everyone did awesome," Andi Kornowski, the head coach said. "It was an excellent experience."
Mark Bradley and Amy Hemmer hold early leads in the race for two open Merton School Board seats. The Village of Merton clerk reports that Mark Bradley tallied 456 votes, Amy Hemmer, 428 and Dean Dobbertin, 413.
In the Swallow School District race, the Village of Merton reports that Jim Douglas and incumbent Rebecca Morrison hold early leads over Andrah Grothey in the race for two open seats there.
Only a small portion of the Swallow School District sits within the village, however.
Douglas owns 47 votes, Morrison, 38 and Grothey, 10.
Stay tuned as more results come in for both districts.
The three incumbents in the race for Trustee retained their seats in the Village of Oconomowoc Lake.
Newcomer Joe Faretta took 14 percent of the vote in the four way race for the three posts. Mike Bickler was the top vote getter with 31 percent, followed by Paul Fischer with 29 percent and Joseph Owens with 26 percent.
Village of Lac Labelle Clerk Lori Boyer said voter turnout in their municipality was greater than expected today with 151 out of the 251 registered voters coming out to cast their ballots.
"It was a huge turnout," Boyer said. "We ran out of ballots," she added, noting that residents then used the touch screen to vote.
The Village was the first to report its results in the race for Oconomowoc Area School Board with candidate Lisa Arenas garnering 78 votes, followed by incumbents Mike Bickler with 62 and Sandy Schick with 62 votes.
With approximately half of the school district reporting, incumbent school board member Dean Dobbertin has climbed to within two votes of challenger Amy Hemmer, while Mark Bradley holds a comfortable lead.
Here are the latest results: Bradley, 530 votes, Hemmer 497, and Dobbertin 495.
Incumbent school board member Rebecca Morrison now holds the lead in the Swallow School Board race with 251 votes.
Jim Douglas, a former school board member, sits comfortably in second place with 231 votes, while Andrah Grothey has 94.
The three candidates are vying for two open seats in the school district.
Retired Village of Mukwonago Police Chief Fred Winchowky defeated Village of Mukwonago President Jim Wagner by 85 votes in today's election, according to unofficial results posted on the Village website.
Trustee Arnold Fickau lost his seat on the Village Board as Michael Sellenheim pulled in 47 more votes than Fickau to win a spot on the Village Board. Additionally, Mark Penzkover and Jim Decker retained their seats as Village trustees.
Complete election results can be found in the April 13 Mukwonago Chief.
With 42 percent of the vote counted, incumbents Mike Bickler and Sandy Schick are leading the race for the Oconomowoc Area School Board. At this point, Bickler is leading the pack with 39 percent, Schick with 34 percent and challenger Lisa Arenas with 27 percent/
Sharon Leair will continue to hold the Town of Genesee chairwoman position after receiving 1,649 votes. Political newcomer Gary Zimmermann received 821 votes. Leair has served as Genesee chairwoman since 1993.
Deb Hall will serve as the Village of North Prairie president after beating John Taylor with 276 to 180 votes. Both candidates were write-ins, and both were previously village trustees.
David Stellflug, Brian Peters, Tina Tierney, and Donna Samuels competed for three trustee spots. Those positions will be filled by Stellpflug (423 votes), Samuels, (231 votes), and Peters (75 votes). Tierney received 21 votes.
The village had a 49% turn out with 755 voters.
Incumbent Rebecca Morrison successfully defended her seat on the Swallow School Board, while former board member Jim Douglas will once again return to serve the district.
The defeated Andrah Grothey polled 20 percent, garnering 271 votes, while the victorious Morrison and Douglas polled 595 and 498 votes, respectively.
Village of Pewaukee – Trustee Tom Calder defeated incumbent president Jeff Knutson for the village president seat.
Calder received 935 votes and Knutson 908 votes.
Kettle Moraine School Board member Gary Vose retains his seat on the board with 4,172 votes and is joined by Jay Crouse with 3,914 votes in today's election.
Newcomer Amy Plum lost her campaign to become a Kettle Moraine School District Board member with 3,165 votes.
Complete election results can be found in Thursday's Kettle Moraine Index.
Town of Delafield – Town residents defeated a referendum to borrow $3.3 million to construct a new firehouse off Golf Road. The measure was defeated by a margin of 2,149 to 1,239. The town had proposed to construct a new firehouse on the baseball diamond near Town Hall off Golf Road. A similar measure was defeated in November by nine votes.
Town of Delafield – Town residents defeated a referendum to borrow $3.3 million to construct a new firehouse off Golf Road.
The measure was defeated by a margin of 2,149 to 1,239. The town had proposed to construct a new firehouse on the baseball diamond near Town Hall off Golf Road. A similar measure was defeated in November by nine votes.
Town of Delafield – Incumbent supervisors Clare Dundon and Larry Krause were re-elected to another term.
Krause was the top vote getter with 1,446 votes while Dundon received 1,184 votes. They were challenged by newcomers Sean Sander and Joel Blumenschein received 1,034 and 1,012 votes respectively.
Challenger Amy Hemmer will join the Merton School Board after receiving 866 votes. Incumbent Mark Bradley led all candidates with a total of 904 votes.
The vote unseats longtime board member Dean Dobbertin from his seat on the board. Dobbertin polled 769 total votes.
Wth votes still not reported from three of the smaller municipalities in the district, unoffical results are that residents of the Oconomowoc Area School District re-elected Mike Bickler and Sandy Schick to the Board of Education.
With 10 of the district's 13 municpalities reporting, the district is still awaiting results from the Town of Concord, Town of Merton and the Town of Sullivan. In last year's election, those three municipalities cast a total of 34 votes.
Preliminary results show Bickler led the field with 37 percent of the vote, Schick with 34 percent and challenger Lisa Arenas with 29 percent.
Mike Doble beat Dave Nowicki in the race for the Town of Vernon chair with a vote of 1658
Arrowhead's varsity girls fastpitch softball team defeated host Mukwonago Tuesday afternoon 8-4 to imrpove to 3-0 on the season. Tuesday's win was the first game of the Classic 8 Conference season.
Sophomore left fielder Carly Brengosz led the way for the Warhawks with three hits and two runs batted in. Kelsey Wasilczuk drove in two runs and Callyn Woldt and Amanda Bauer chipped in with two hits each.
Lexi Economou pitched all seven innings and earned the win, tossing a seven hitter.
For the second time in as many games, Kettle Moraine's varsity girls fastpitch softball team rallied in the seventh ining to post a come-from-behind 6-5 win over visiting Catholic Memorial Tuesday in the first game of the Classic 8 Conference season. KM is now 2-0 on the season.
Maddie Churches delivered a two-out, one-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning to score Mady Melbye from second base to win the game.
Ashley Ausprung was the winning pitcher for KM. Maria Crawford had three hits and two RBIs for the Lasers.
KM scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to win the game.
Oconomowoc's varsity girls fastpitch softall team stunned host Watertown Tuesday afternoon by scoring 8 runs in the top of the seventh inning to post a 10-8 win over the defending Wisconsin Little Ten Conference champions. Seven of those runs scored after there were two outs.
Cooney improved to 2-0 on the season.
Megan Finn delivered the game-winning hit for the Raccoons in the top of the seventh. Others contributing big hits in that rally were Brianne McGuire, Renate Meckl, Kaitlyn Ballman, and Keely Rolbiecki.
Delaney Osterday struck out 8 and was the winning pitcher.
The semi-annual dress sale scheduled for Sunday afternoon at Lake Country Lutheran High School will be cancelled.
Organizers said they were cancelling the sale due to a lack of "new" inventory.
"We did receive a handful of new donations and still have a couple racks of beautiful dresses donated from previous sales, so we'll continue to plan for next fall's dress sale," wrote organizer Brenda Halverson in an e-mail.
In lieu of the sale, where many high school girls bought used prom and homecoming dresses for affordable prices, Halverson said they will offer private appointments the week of April 11 for anyone interested in perusing the existing inventory.
Those interested in scheduling a private appointment should contact Halverson at (262) 468-4083, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Appointments are available through Friday, April 15 from 3-4 p.m. each day in the Lake Country Lutheran High School music room.
Lisa Paul will read from her new book, "Swimming in the Daylight" from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 7 at the Alice Baker Library, 820 E. Main St., Eagle. Her book chronicles her student days in the Soviet Union, and her campaign to win freedom for a Soviet-Jewish dissident.
A book signing will follow the program. Books will be available for purchase.
For more information call (262) 594-2800
No childhood is complete without experiencing an Easter egg hunt. The thrill that little ones get when they spot a colorful egg to add to their bag or basket is only matched by the delight that parents get just watching.
At 10 a.m. Saturday the YMCA at Pabst Farms will start its Easter egg hunt inside the building at 1750 E. Valley Road, Oconomowoc. There will be separate areas to hunt for each age group to make the hunting easier for the little ones. The event is for children up to age 10.
After collecting eggs, the youngsters can enjoy various activities until noon including face painting, arts and crafts projects and games.
The event is free for everybody.
For more information, call (262) 567-7251
Village of Pewaukee – A recount of the race for village president between Trustee Tom Calder and Village President Jeff Knutson will be held Tuesday starting at 9 a.m. at Village Hall. Knutson requested a recount after losing to Calder in Tuesday's election. Calder received 51 percent of the votes, or 935 votes and Knutson 49 percent or 908 votes.
Village of Pewaukee – A recount of the race for village president between Trustee Tom Calder and Village President Jeff Knutson will be held Tuesday starting at 9 a.m. at Village Hall.
Knutson requested a recount after losing to Calder in Tuesday's election. Calder received 51 percent of the votes, or 935 votes and Knutson 49 percent or 908 votes.
Jeremy Miller, 33, has been named the new varsity wrestling coach at Arrowhead High School. Miller will replace highly successful John Mesenbrink, who resigned from the post in February. Mesenbrink turned the AHS program into one of the top programs in the state.
Miller, a physical education/health instructor at Arrowhead, will take over the job immediately.
Miller has been an assistant under Mesenbrink for the last 6 seasons.
The former Village of Eagle clerk was sentenced this afternoon in Waukesha County Circuit Court to 225 days in the work-release jail after she pleaded guilty to her fourth drunken driving offense.
Shirley K. Mealey, 55, of 502 Clover Lane, Village of Eagle, was stopped Aug 23 at about 7 p.m. in Eagle when an officer saw her driving 48 mph in a 35 mph zone. Mealey had an alcohol content of .12, which is above the legal limit of .08 for adult drivers in Wisconsin.
Mealey was previously convicted for drunken driving twice in 1996 and in December 2006.
Wisconsin’s Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week arrived just in time for some of the area’s first big storms of the season.
Running from April 11-15, the week-long initiative reminds people of the dangers associated with tornadoes, thunderstorms, flooding and hail, encouraging them to take protective safety measures.
Organizers planned a statewide tornado drill for Thursday at 1 p.m., when schools, businesses and individuals will have a realistic opportunity to practice safe procedures and learn about severe weather.
"We’ll get on the PA and talk with them (Lake Country School students) just to make sure everyone is aware," said Lake Country School District Superintendent Mark Lichte. "If they’re outside, we’ll bring them in, and then the tornado warning will go on and we’ll just put them in a room for about five minutes."
According to the state Department of Military Affairs Division of Emergency Management, Wisconsin averages 21 tornadoes annually. Wisconsin saw 46 tornadoes in 2010, the second greatest yearly number on record, and one of which, touched down in Eagle last June. The 2010 tornadoes injured 22 people and caused almost $30 million in property damage.
Tornadoes can hit at any time, although Wisconsin’s peak season runs from April to August.
The Get Connected presentation series offers "Love & Logic for Tykes, Tweens and Teens" on May 3 and 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Park View Middle School, Mukwonago. Registration is required by April 15. Payment for a $10 workbook is collected at the door.
To register email Nancy Berg at email@example.com or call pupil services at (262) 363-6300 ext. 24201. Provide name, phone number and e-mail address to register.
Hamilton School District's Alcohol and Other Abuse (AODA) counselor, student assistance and guidance counselor, Kristin Hasbrook will show parents how to let empathy and consequences do the teaching, provide tips on raising responsible kids, and how to provide limits, guidelines and choices that encourage kids to think and make appropriate choices. The two-session presentation offers easy-to-use techniques that help parents raise healthy, happy and responsible kids.
Village of Pewaukee – With half the wards counted and the results matched those from election day, Village President Jeff Knutson today halted the recount. Knutson asked for a recount as he lost his bid for re-election by 27 votes to Trustee Tom Calder. Upon seeing the results for wards one through five remained the same, Knutson did not want the village’s Board of Canvasers to proceed with the recount of votes from wards six through 10. Calder received 51 percent of the votes, or 935 votes and Knutson 49 percent or 908 votes. Calder will be sworn in as village president April 19.
Village of Pewaukee – With half the wards counted and the results matched those from election day, Village President Jeff Knutson today halted the recount.
Knutson asked for a recount as he lost his bid for re-election by 27 votes to Trustee Tom Calder. Upon seeing the results for wards one through five remained the same, Knutson did not want the village’s Board of Canvasers to proceed with the recount of votes from wards six through 10. Calder received 51 percent of the votes, or 935 votes and Knutson 49 percent or 908 votes.
Calder will be sworn in as village president April 19.
A 52-year-old Cottage Grove man has been charged with a Jan. 5 bank hold-up in Neenah, Wis., that closely parallels the Feb. 17 robbery of the Guaranty Bank in the Village of Oconomowoc Lake.
Investigators recovered DNA evidence that matched suspect Jeffrey Farrington from the hoax bomb he allegedly used to threaten employees at the Associated Bank in Fox Point Plaza.
Farrington is also a suspect in a LaCrosse bank robbery that took place in last month. In the Neenah, Oconomowoc and La Crosse crimes, the banks were all located inside grocery stores.
Authorities are still investigating those other robberies to see if they are linked to Farrington.
Read more about this in the Thursday Oconomowoc Focus
The Oconomowoc Public Education Foundation (OPEF) presented more than $50,000 in grant awards for the 2011-2012 school year at the April 12 Oconomowoc Area School District Board of Education meeting.
Twelve grants were awarded tosupport innovative experiences in education.
Andrew M. Frankwick, 17, of W327 N4248 Portside Drive, Nashotah, was convicted of a felony charge of threatening to release a harmful substance, while a felony charge of bomb scare was dismissed under a plea agreement with prosecutors. Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Kathleen B. Stilling imposed a 120 day jail sentence but stayed the last 90 days. Frankwick will serve his sentence in the work-release jail. Stilling also ordered Frankwick to three years of probation and to do 60 hours of community service each year of probation. Frankwick wrote on a stall April 27 in the boy’s bathroom in North Campus: "There will be a bomb that will go off on Friday, April 30 to blow up all you (expletive) bullies and snobs. I’m sick of you," according to the criminal complaint. Frankwick wrote another bomb threat the following day.
Waukesha - A former Arrowhead High School student who wrote bomb threats on bathroom walls last year was sentenced Tuesday to 30 days in jail.
Andrew M. Frankwick, 17, of W327 N4248 Portside Drive, Nashotah, was convicted of a felony charge of threatening to release a harmful substance, while a felony charge of bomb scare was dismissed under a plea agreement with prosecutors.
Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Kathleen B. Stilling imposed a 120 day jail sentence but stayed the last 90 days. Frankwick will serve his sentence in the work-release jail. Stilling also ordered Frankwick to three years of probation and to do 60 hours of community service each year of probation.
Frankwick wrote on a stall April 27 in the boy’s bathroom in North Campus: "There will be a bomb that will go off on Friday, April 30 to blow up all you (expletive) bullies and snobs. I’m sick of you," according to the criminal complaint. Frankwick wrote another bomb threat the following day.
Time Warner Cable has announced in a pre-recorded message that it is experiencing a digital telephone outage through out southeastern Wisconsin.
The Arrowhead Facilities Community Task Force (FCT) will vote next week on a set of facilities recommendations to present to the Arrowhead School Board.
The FCT set an April 19 meeting date after a two-hour discussion at last night's meeting. The task force is in the midst of readying its final recommendations for the board.
The five recommendations will address the high school's aquatic center, the fieldhouse, traffic, pedestrian and parking issues, the needs of its educational fine arts programs and 21st-century learning spaces.
Read the full story in tomorrow's Lake Country Reporter.
For the 1933 tune "Easter Parade," Irving Berlin penned the words "I could write a sonnet about your Easter bonnet." Bing Crosby sang the tune in the 1942 movie "Holiday Inn" and in 1948 Judy Garland and Fred Astaire starred in the movie "Easter Parade" that featured the song.
We don't see Easter parades with ladies in their lovely bonnets these days, but on Sunday Catherine's Corner in Genesee Depot will bring back the once-popular event.
The day begins with Miss Laura reading a special Easter story at 1 p.m. followed by a real Easter parade. Children and adults are all invited to come in their Easter headwear and march in the parade.
At 2 p.m., kids 1 to 10 years old can scramble for candy and prizes during the egg hunt. Be sure to bring a basket.
All kids wearing Easter bonnets, hats or bunny ears will receive free homemade ice cream in a cone from Pal's Ice Cream Shoppe & Grill. Adults will receive a free cup of freshly brewed tea from Lilies Place.
The first annual event takes place at Catheriine's Corner lcoated at S42 W31428 Highway 83, Genesee Depot.
For more information, call (262) 201-4366.
Bob Shea has been tapped to replace Arno Kirchenwitz as varsity girls basketball coach at Oconomowoc High School. He becomes the fifth head coach in program history after Kirchenwitz announced he was stepping down from the helm he has held for 20 years.
Shea was a freshman boys coach from 1997 to 2000 and an OHS varsity assistant from 2000 through last season. The OHS girls tied for the Wisconsin Little Ten Conference title and return the bulk of their starting lineup next season.
Kirchenwitz is in his first year as varsity baseball coach at OHS.
The Friends of the Vernon Marsh will have a prescribed education prairie burn on Saturday, April 16 at 10 a.m. The rain date will be Saturday, April 23 at 10 a.m.
The burn location is at the prairie on the end of Benson Avenue, west off of XX (Oakdale) on the northeast side of the marsh. We will meet in the parking lot, where there will be a brief educational presentation followed by the burn. Items in the education presentation will include; the history of burning, fire behavior, wildfires vs. prescribed fires, effects of fire, utilizing fire for management, burn requirements, burn equipment (show and tell), and a briefing on the days burn.
The public is welcome and the program is free of charge. Depending on the location of the burn, a lawn chair might be useful.
Mariette Nowak, president of the new Kettle Moraine Chapter of Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes will present entitled Does Your Yard Make a Difference? on Saturday, April 16 at 1:30 p.m. at the South Kettle Moraine State Forest Headquarters, S91W39091 Highway 59, Eagle, one mile west of Eagle.
Nowak will show that your yard – even the smallest yard – can make a difference. You can increase biodiversity (birds, butterflies, and the abundance of all wildlings). You can heal your piece of the earth, improve the health of you and your family, and add to the quality of your life. Her talk will discuss the research that proves that you can accomplish all of the above, through natural landscaping with native plants.
The program is open to the public. Admission is free. Donations are welcome.
According to the Mukwonago Area Chamber of Commerce, Village of Mukwonago Police have reported a recent scam in the area.
A fellow that goes by the name of Matt Stein has been calling Mukwonago businesses to inform the person that answers the phone that he is calling from their corporate headquarters and that there was a wallet stolen from a patron of their individual business. He then directs the individual to take $2,000 from their safe and deliver it to a certain person at a certain location whom will be repaying the money to the patron.
Thus far he has hit several Chamber members who own a franchise location. One employee at one of the locations did fall for the scam.
The Police Department wants to be notified as soon as possible if a call has been received or if a call is received in the future.
As part of Representative Paul Ryan's April 2011 Listening Sessions, Rep. Ryan will be in North Prairie from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Village Hall, 130 North Harrison Street, and in Mukwonago from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Village Hall, 440 Rivercrest Court on Monday, April 18.
For more information and a complete schedule, visit paulryan.house.gov/UploadedFiles/April2011LSschedule.pdf
State Representative Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) will be holding in-district office hours at the Mukwonago Town Hall on Wednesday, April 20 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. to answer questions and seek input on issues of importance from constituents of the 33rd Assembly District.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has cancelled the educational prescribed burn in Vernon Marsh scheduled for this Saturday, April 16 due to expected poor weather conditions.
This year’s annual Unitarian and Universalist Church Auction will be held on Saturday, April16, at 6 p.m. at the United Church of Christ, S93 W30740, Highway NN.
Many great items have been donated by area business and church members, and the auction is always a lively, fun-filled event. The evening opens with a silent auction, desserts and music by Elmer Sparks, followed by the live auction.
For more information and to see a catalog of items go to www.uumuk.org, or call (262) 363-5686.
We Energies has restored power to the Village of Mukwonago area near Highways 83 and ES. Residents in that area were without power for nearly two hours while equipment problems were resolved.
We Energies restored power to the Eagle area some time before 3 p.m.
University Lake School junior Molly Seidel won two races last Saturday at the Lady Crusader Invite held at Catholic Memorial. Seidel, arguably the best high school distance runner in the state, won the 1,600-meter run with a time of 5:08 and she also won the 800 with a clocking of 2:24.20.
ULS scored 32 points in the meet and tied for ninth place.
Isabel Seidel ran third in the 1,600 and the 3,200 relay team of the two Seidels and Piper and Maise Rosenheimer placed third.
State Representative Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) will no longer be holding in-district hours at the Mukwonago Town Hall this Wednesday, April 20 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. due to a family emergency.
Upcoming office hours are as follows: May 07, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at City of Delafield Public Library June 11, 2011; 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at Wales Community Building July 08, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Meadow Brook Elementary Waukesha *August 13, 2011; 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Tentatively at Nashotah Village Hall September 10, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at North Prairie Village Hall *October 08, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Tentatively at Hartland Municipal Building November 12, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at Genesee Town Hall December 10, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at Chenequa Village Hall
Eagle Fire Department responded to a house fire on South Shore Drive around 11:30 this morning. Upon arrival, Fire Chief Justin Heim said the home owner reported that everyone was safely out of the house. Firefighters from numerous departments responded to the call, which was under control within an hour. Heim said the cause of the fire was not determined at this time.
In a surprising development, Swallow School District Superintendent Jeff Klaisner announced plans to resign from his position as the K-8 school district’s top administrator, effective June 30.
The superintendent said he will serve the remainder of his contract, and then pursue other opportunities.
“I got to a point where I just really started looking at other opportunities that were available, and we have done some really exciting, great things here at Swallow,” the outgoing administrator said in an interview. “And I’m just looking for other opportunities right now to pursue.”
Klaisner began his tenure at Swallow in July 2005, presiding over one of the highest-achieving districts in the unified Arrowhead school system. Now the school board will begin the process of finding a replacement.
“The one really great thing about our school is it is a well-respected school,” said board president Karen Trimble.
She said the school has had very strong applicant pools for administrative positions in the past.
“We’re hoping the same is going to be the case, because obviously we want to keep the school on track,” she said. “There’s a lot of uncertainty these days with the budget repair bill and teacher contracts, so we’re looking for a strong leader to come and fill Jeff’s shoes and move forward.”
Trimble said that Klaisner pursued an administrative position in Fox Point last year. At this point, however, Klaisner said he has no specific job lined up for the future.
“I’m actually just opening up the situation for myself just to pursue whatever other opportunities may be out there,” he said.
“I just really don’t know what that next phase is going to entail. If there’s an opportunity that allows us to stay in the area, I certainly enjoy this area and would certainly be open to that, but I’m also open to other opportunities that may lie beyond the borders of the Lake Country area.”
The announcement came in the midst of another Arrowhead-area superintendent search. Outgoing Merton Superintendent Mark Flynn announced his retirement earlier this year, leaving two superintendent vacancies in the seven-school unified district that feeds into Arrowhead High School.
Merton and Swallow recently discussed consolidating their administrations into one, but the talks proved fruitless and Merton eventually elected to pursue the hiring of a new superintendent.
But Klaisner said there was no specific reason for the timing of his announcement.
“I think the district is in a good position right now, even with the issues coming from Madison and our school’s finances,” he said. “Swallow is in an excellent financial position that will allow them to continue to serve students well.”
The Swallow School Board will meet on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. to officially act on the superintendent’s resignation and establish a plan to hire a replacement.
A 16-year-old Ixonia girl missing since April 11 was found this morning.
Casey Nicole Mueller and her boyfriend, 17-year-old Kris Rosche of Fond du Lac, were found and taken into custody sometime early this morning, according to a post the family made on a Facebook page dedicated to finding the couple.
"I want to thank everyone here from the bottom of my heart. You have shown me what people are made of and it is good. I love you all," the family wrote.
No other information was made available.
Mother's Day is a few weeks away, but there is another mother that is having a special day on Saturday.
Mother Earth is the honored guest as Retzer Nature Center, S14W28167 Madison St. in Waukesha, celebrates Earth Week with a whole day of activities for the whole family.
Start the day with the family bird watch with groups led by naturalist Larry Kascht at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. Kids will enjoy nature activities and games that include puppet-making, origami and clay creations. Gardeners can learn more about composting and rain gardens plus take the trees and wildflowers hike at 2 p.m. Tom Pease is sure to please the whole family in songs that will have everyone danciing as well. The day winds down with a campfire with s'mores from 5 to 7 p.m. and a guided twilight hike at 7:15 p.m.
All the events are free. For more information, visit www.waukeshacountyparks.com or call (262) 896-8007.
The Infinity Dance Team will hold auditions soon. Learn more at the Parent/Dancer info night on Thursday May 5 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, Highway NN, Mukwonago.
Tom Kemos of Stone Bank, 37, won the $30,000 first prize award last week at the Winneconne AIM Walleye Tour event in the Fox River Valley.
Kemos, who graduated from Arrowhead in 1991, caught 12 fish in two days for a total weight of 25.98 pounds. He won the title by three pounds.
A total of 44 professional anglers took part in the two-day event.
Friends of the Committee to Recall Senator Mary Lazich (R) will be collecting signatures today in front of Walgreens in Mukwonago until dusk.
East Troy resident Marguerite Schutten is one of the people collecting signatures in Mukwonago today, and said that around 2,500 more signatures are needed to meet the requirement of just over 20,000 signatures.
Signatures must be turned in to the Government Accountability Board on Monday.
Petitioners will be collecting signatures in Big Bend tomorrow at Highway 164 and Highway L, or Highway 164 and Edgewood, and Friday in Muskego on Janesville Road between Pick 'N' Save and Muskego Elementary school. Collection times will be from dawn until dusk.
Visit www.recalllazich.com for more information
A Bake and Craft Sale will be held at the Oconomowoc Public Library this weekend. All sales benefit the renovation of the library's teen space. If they can raise $11,800 by the end of 2011, we will receive a $10,000 matching grant to help fund the project.
The sale will be held on Friday, April 29 from 4 to 8 p.m. and again on Saturday from 2:30 to 4 p.m. and while you're there, stop in at the Friends of the Library book sale.
For more information, please call (262) 569-2193, ext. 210
Fifth and sixth grade students are invited to join a book club at the Oconomowoc Public Library.
Join in the dicussion of the book 'Milkweed' by Jerry Spinelli and enjoy free snacks in the process. Pick up your free copy of the book at the library's checkout desk, read it, and come back Wednesday, May 11 from 4-5 p.m. to talk about it.
Newcomers are always welcome and the book is yours to keep. For more information, call Betsy Bromlet at (262) 569-2193, ext. 210
Town of Vernon residents have through the weekend to gather their yard waste and have it by the roadside by Monday morning for pick up.
Brush must be 6 inches in diameter or less and stacked in bundles before being placed at the roadside. The largest diameter must face toward the road. Plies can be no larger than 3 feet tall.
For more infomation on wood chip delivery or for more information, call the Department of Public Works at (262) 662-7785.
Selected with the eleventh pick in the NFL Draft, Pewaukee's native son and Wisconsin Badger standout, JJ Watt, is the newest member of the Houston Texans.
Watt became the first Big Ten player taken in the 2011 draft, and he should slot in nicely with Houston's new 3-4 defense and fellow defensive end Mario Williams.
A large crowd of friends, family and supporters from around the Pewaukee area turned out to the Sand Bar Sports Pub on Pewaukee Lake in anticipation of Watt's selection.
For reactions and the full story, be sure to check out the next edition of the Lake Country Reporter.
Old World Wisconsin will be hosting its second annual Bustle Hustle 5k run/walk Sunday, May 1. The course will take participants around the scenic grounds. A 1k youth run will be held as well.
Registration beings at 8:30 a.m. The 5k walk/run begins at 10 a.m., and the 1k youth run begins at 11 a.m.
Fees are $22 for the 5k, and $18 for the 1k. Proceeds will benefit Old World Wisconsin. Fees include a t-shirt and a museum admission coupon.
Old World Wisconsin is located at W372 S9727 Highway 67, Eagle.
For more information visit www.oldworldwisconsin.org or call (262) 594-6301
The Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball league will begin play for the 90th straight season this Sunday as a slate of six games are on tap beginning at 1 p.m.
Games on Sunday will find Pewaukee at North Lake, Oconomowoc at Monches, Merton at the Brookfield Blue Sox, Sussex at Hartland, Lannon at West Bend and the Brookfield Buldogs at Menomonee Falls.
Kettle Moraine's varsity boys golf team, ranked No. 1 in the state by the State Coaches Poll, lived up to that lofty ranking on Saturday as they won the Division 1 championship at the 31-school Lake Country Charity Invite at Western Lakes Golf Club in Pewaukee.
The Lasers won with 303 strokes, defeating Arrowhead (312) by nine shots. Milwaukee Marquette was third at 315.
Many of the top teams in the state took part. More than $40,000 was raised for the MACC Fund in their fight to defeat childhood cancer.
Kettle Moraine senior Nic Johnson won the individual championship by defeating Arrowhead sophomore John Langhoff on the third playoff hole. Johnson won the the title with a birdie. Both Johnson and Langhoff shot rounds of even-par 72.
Other KM scores were Ryan Franklin with 74, Tyler Sheveland 76 and Eric Rogers 81.
Other AHS scores were Kyle Driscoll with 77, Matt Ross 78 and Matt McIntosh 85.
Fifteen golfers in the field of 124 shot 79 or better.
Arrowhead's varsity boys track team won the Northstar Classic at Waukesha North last Saturday by defeating talented Brookfield East. AHS won with 151 points and Brookfield East had 108. A total of 16 schools took part.
The Warhawks have won the Northstar title 7 of the past 8 years.
Winning events for AHS were Jordy Pendergast in the pole vault (14-0), Ryan Adamski in the 600 (1:24.41), the 3,200 relay team of Danny Umhoefer, Steve Kelly, Josh Bodnar and Russ Sandvold (8:40), Ben Bierman in the 1,000 (2:35), Sandvold in the 1,600 (4:32.13), the 800 relay team of Brandon Mortensen, Nick Abresch, Mark Duchow and Mitch Panton (1:31), the 400 relay team of Abresch, Duchow, Jamahl Wright and Panton (43.93), Bierman in the 800 (2:01.31) and the 1,600 relay team of Greg Peterson, Mortensen, Steve Radeztsky and Wright (3:31.41).
On Monday, May 2, Ten Chimneys Foundation will showcase the lighter side of Russian playwright Anton Chekhov in Chekhov: Two Hours, Four Plays. The evening play reading, featuring the talents of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s Artistic Intern Company, will include four hilariously funny plays that nevertheless show the careful attention to everyday life that fueled Chekhov’s major full-length works. Pieces to be read include The Dangers of Tobacco, The Proposal, The Festivities, and The Bear.
Anton Chekhov began his career as a short story writer, writing “comic sketches” drawn from everyday Russian life. This comic sensibility never left him, and is shown to its best effect in the short plays that actually made up the main bulk of his theatrical work. Among Chekhov’s full-length masterpieces is The Seagull, which premiered on Broadway starring Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne alongside a young Uta Hagen.
Chekhov: Two Hours, Four Plays
Monday, May 2 - 7 p.m.
Location: Lunt-Fontanne Program Center at Ten Chimneys in Genesee Depot
Tickets: $15 advance, or $20 at the door
Reservations: (262) 968-4110
Mary Sheridan, coordinator of the Oconomowoc Area Senior Center, announced today that it has received a $20,000 donation for a planned handicap entrance project.
The Center had recently embarked on a fundraising campaign to meet the expected $20,000 cost of the job and had collected approximately $500. About two weeks ago she received a phone call from a woman who said he would like to donate to the cause. The check was received on Friday from the Kenneth and Patricia Thomas Memorial Fund.
For more on this story, read the Thursday edition of the Oconomowoc Focus.
Waukesha - Daniel P. Henningsen, 45, of City of Pewaukee, will be incarcerated for the next 27 years for a fatal crash that occured nearly three years on Capitol Drive in the City of Brookfield.
Henningsen, already convicted six times for drunken driving and now convicted for his seventh such offense, was sentenced this afternoon in Waukesha County Circuit Court on charges of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, two counts of drunken driving while causing injury, possession of marijuana, driving with a revoked driver's license and driving with a prohibited alcohol concentration.
Killed in the crash was Willam E. Gray, 51, of Elm Grove. Gray's wife Kelley, and his sister-in-law Lori Borden were injured. Henningsen was driving west on Capitol Drive at about 81 mph when the van he was driving slammed into the side of Gray's Jeep, which was pulling out from Mountain Drive at the time.
Judge James R. Kieffer sentenced Henningsen to 25 years in prison on the homocide charge to be followed by two years in teh Waukesha County jail for injuring the two passengers in Gray's vehicle. Following incarceration, Henningsen will serve 15 years of extended supervision.
Oconomowoc's undefeated varsity girls fastpitch softball team improved to 8-0 on the season Monday by whipping host MIlwaukee Hamilton in a nonconference game, 11-0. The 8-0 start is the best opening in school history. The game was called after five innings.
Sophomore pitcher Delaney Osterday tossed a two-hitter and had 12 strkeouts. She walked one.
Emily Klitzing, Osterday and Renate Meckl had two hits each for the Raccoons. Osterday and Brianne McGuire drove in two runs each.
Cooney will host Watertown Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
Doug Wrecke of Merton, former standout athlete at Arrowhead High School and Carroll University, will be inducted into the Carroll Hall of Fame in ceremonies on Oct. 8-9.
Wrecke graduated from Carroll and played football, basketball and track and field for the Pioneers.
With state legislation on overturning the mascot law at a standstill and no decision expected with the hearing on the unconstitutionality of the law until July 20, the Mukwonago School Disctrict Board of Education agreed to take the first step in finding a new mascot and logo tonight.
The district will accept nickname and logo proposals from any MASD students, parents, staff members, alumni or district residents until at least July 20.
See the complete story in the May 4 Mukwonago Chief.
Positively Pewaukee’s mini spring auction and fundraiser has begun with bidding ending at noon Thursday, May 5. Anyone interested in participating should visit www.positivelypewaukee.com/WeBid/bid for a list of items. Once in, view all items up for bid, complete the sign up form, bid on an item, watch and keep bidding. Once the item has been auctioned bidders will be notified and directions will be given regarding paying for and picking up the item(s). For further information, call (262) 695-9735 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Positively Pewaukee’s mini spring auction and fundraiser has begun with bidding ending at noon Thursday, May 5. Anyone interested in participating should visit www.positivelypewaukee.com/WeBid/bid for a list of items.
Once in, view all items up for bid, complete the sign up form, bid on an item, watch and keep bidding. Once the item has been auctioned bidders will be notified and directions will be given regarding paying for and picking up the item(s).
For further information, call (262) 695-9735 or email email@example.com.
The Pewaukee girls soccer team improved to 9-0 and took complete control of the Woodland Conference with a 4-2 win over New Berlin Eisenhower on Tuesday night.
With the win, the Pirates have now defeated each of the next four best squads in the league, according to overall standings. The team already logged its first-ever win over Wauwatosa West this season, as well as victories over Whitnall and Shorewood.
Abbey Toureene scored twice, including a crucial goal in the second half just 40 seconds after Eisenhower had pulled to within 2-1. Dayna Costello and Raleah Schaeffer added additional tallies.
Maddie Dallman lofted a high-arcing free kick from 40 yards out, just beneath the crossbar to account for the only goal of the game as Arrowhead topped visiting Kettle Moraine on Tuesday, 1-0.
Dallman, who also keyed a defensive attack that did not allow a shot on goal after halftime, was fouled after intercepting the ball at midfield and converted at the 62-minute mark, her first score of the year.
The Warhawks moved to 5-1-1 and 1-1 in Classic 8 Conference play. The Lasers likewise hold a 1-1 league record and 6-3 mark overall.
Arrowhead's varsity girls fastpitch softball team, thanks to a pair of league victories on Monday and Tuesday, moved into sole possession of first place in the Classic 8 Conference standings.
AHS defeated Waukesha North on Monday, 20-7 and then nipped Catholic Memorial on Tuesday, 6-5. The Warhawks improved to 5-1 in league play and 8-1 overall. Milwaukee Pius is second at 5-2 and Kettle Moraine is third at 4-2.
In the win over North, Kelsey Wasilczuk had two hits and four RBIs to lead the winners. Jordy Brengosz drove in three runs.
On Tuesday against Memorial, Alexis Panaro and Carly Brengosz drove in runs in a two-run sixth inning to lead the Warhawks to a come-from-behind win. Panaro, Carly Brengosz and Kara Olsen all had two hits for AHS.
Kettle Moraine's varsity girls fastpitch softball team rolled over visiting Milwaukee Pius Tuesday in a Classic 8 Conference game, 17-6. Katie McCann hit a walk-off three-run homer over the left field fence to end the game in the bottom of the sixth inning.
KM is now 4-2 in league play, one game behind Arrowhead (5-1) in the loss column. Pius is 5-2.
McCann had a monster day for the Lasers. She had four hits and seven RBIs. The hard-hitting second baseman had two doubles, a triple and homer.
Candace Rupnick, Hannah Foltz, Maddie Churches and Jordan Fink all had three hits for KM.
Oconomowoc's varsity girls fastpitch softball team, after starting the season with a perfect 8-0 record, got hammered Tuesday by visiting Watertown in a Wisconsin Little Ten Conference game, 19-3. Watertown had nine consecutive hits in a 14-run, fifth inning rally.
Renate Meckl had two hits for the losing Raccoons. Meckl is batting .667 on the season
The 8-0 start was the best beginning to a season in school history for OHS.
Republican Dave Craig was an overwhelming favorite in Tuesday's special election for the vacant seat in the 83rd Assembly District, defeating Democratic challenger Jim Brownlow by more than 5,000 votes.
Craig, an aide to Representative Paul Ryan, will succeed Scott L. Gunderson as representative of district, which includes Muskego, Big Bend, Vernon, Mukwonago, East Troy, and Waterford.
Town of Eagle residents will be able to drop off their yard waste at Town Park, S91 W35287 Highway NN this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Everything must be bundled, or placed in clear bags.
The Arrowhead Facilities Community Task Force (FCT) will present its final findings and recommendations to the Arrowhead School Board this evening.
After more than six months of research and review the FCT voted on April 19 to prioritize the community group's recommendations. The results of that vote will be unveiled in tonight's special board meeting, which will ultimately help to guide the school board as it evaluates the future facilities needs of the high school.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the South Campus Library.
We've seen our share of Lenten fish fries, spaghetti dinners and even chili cook-offs. But there probably is only one Swiss steak dinner held in the area.
From 4 to 7 p.m., Redeemer United Church of Christ, W220 N4915 Town Line Road, Sussex, will hold a Swiss steak dinner.
Swiss steak did not originate in Switzerland. Rather, the name comes from the term "swissing," which is a process by which the meat is tenderized. Traditionally, the meat is coated with flour and seasonings and made with tomatoes and other vegetables.
Cost for the dinner is $12 in advance. Tickets at the door are $13 for adults, $11 for seniors and $5 for children 4 to 12. Hot dogs are available for anyone not wishing to try the delicious dish.
For tickets, call the church at (262) 246-6710. Proceeds from the dinner benefit the missions.
Downtown Oconomowoc's annual salute to spring will be held tonight, Friday Night May 6 with some additional events planned for Saturday. Live Music, Free Carriage Rides, "May" basket raffle and Local Artists displaying their Art are some of the highlights of this event.
"We love art and we love spring and this event allows us to celebrate both," said committee chair Paul Schultz. "I look forward to Spring Gallery Night every year with this year being better than ever and because of all of the free activities it's a great time to visit downtown Oconomowoc and explore what's available."
2011 Spring Gallery Night++ is sponsored by First Bank Financial Centre, DOMA and J & T Coins. The mission of DOMA is to create an energetic, vibrant and financially thriving downtown.2011 Spring Gallery Night is sponsored by First Bank Financial Centre, DOMA and J & T Coins. The mission of DOMA is to create an energetic, vibrant and financially thriving downtown.
The need for new arts facilities emerged as the top priority of the Arrowhead Facilities Community Task Force (FCT) at a special May 4 school board meeting.
Members of the FCT prioritized a set of five recommendations during a vote last month, which asked the 23 voting members to rank the importance of each recommendation. Voters could also abstain from casting a vote for any or all recommendations, signaling that they were not in favor of pursuing that particular recommendation.
Ultimately, the 22 members that returned ballots ranked the educational fine arts recommendation as their top priority, while expanding Arrowhead’s field house ascended to the second spot. Ranked third through fifth, creating 21st-century learning spaces, addressing the school’s aquatic center and improving the high school’s traffic and pedestrian logistics rounded out the remaining recommendations.
Four voters abstained from recommending any sort of improvements or expansion of the school’s aquatic facilities, while three could not endorse either the educational fine arts or field house recommendations.
Read more in Tuesday's Living Lake Country Reporter.
It's a sure sign of spring - the Oconomowoc Farmer's Market will open for the season from 7:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 14 in the St. Paul Lutheran Church parking lot, 210 E. Pleasant St.
For more information, call the Chamber of Commerce at (262) 567-2666
Two smash and grab burglaries at Aurora pharmacies occurred within a half-hour of each other May 3.
At about 11 p.m. the Aurora pharmacy at 109 E. Capitol Drive in Hartland was entered. Someone smashed out a window and the perpetrator grab medication and left quickly, according to Hartland police.
At about 11:30 p.m., someone smashed the door at the Aurora pharmacy off Highway 164 near Main Street in Sussex and took assorted narcotic drugs, according to Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department Detective Steve Pederson. Pederson an Aurora pharmacy in Slinger was also recently burglarized.
Police do not have a suspect.
Older adults are invited to celebrate National SilverSneakers Day on May 18 by participating in the Healthways SilverSneakers® Fitness Program at SilverSneakers fitness locations all over the country. In Mukwonago, the Mukwonago Athletic Club will be recognizing National SilverSneakers Day with a Pot Luck Luncheon open to all seniors. The luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Kickboxing Room, right after the Senior Cardio Class. Admission is free; just bring a dish to pass.
Those interested can contact Brent Reichert at (262) 363-2212 to get your name on the list of attendees.
“National SilverSneakers Day was developed to recognize physically active older adults across the nation and honor their commitment to an active, healthy lifestyle,” explains Brent Reichert, General Manager of the Mukwonago Athletic Club.
SilverSneakers is made available through many Medicare health plans, Medicare Supplement carriers and group retiree plans as a benefit to their members at little or no additional cost. Members receive a fitness membership, with access to all basic amenities plus SilverSneakers signature group exercise classes. National access allows members to participate at any of more than 11,000 SilverSneakers locations in all 50 states.
To find out if you are eligible for SilverSneakers, contact your health plan provider. For more information about SilverSneakers at the Mukwonago Athletic Club, please contact the membership services department at (262)363-2212.
Yesterday, Governor Scott Walker signed Senate Bill 23. This Bill will preempt local ordinances requiring paid leave for family, medical or health issues and will provide employers with the flexibility that they need to not only stay in business, but to put more people back to work. State Rep. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) issued the following statement about the Bill signing: “The Sick Pay Bill will ensure that businesses in Wisconsin have uniform laws in place on employment relations, preventing a patchwork of government mandates that would prove detrimental to Wisconsin’s business climate. It will ensure that business owners in Milwaukee, and all other areas of the state, are free to run their businesses in the way that they feel will be most efficient and successful, thus, allowing them to grow, expand and to create additional jobs for Wisconsin workers,” said Kapenga. “I was very excited and honored to bring this legislation forward,” continued Kapenga. “This is what the voters sent us to Madison to do. We will continue to limit government and to get out of the way of the free market.”
Yesterday, Governor Scott Walker signed Senate Bill 23. This Bill will preempt local ordinances requiring paid leave for family, medical or health issues and will provide employers with the flexibility that they need to not only stay in business, but to put more people back to work.
State Rep. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) issued the following statement about the Bill signing: “The Sick Pay Bill will ensure that businesses in Wisconsin have uniform laws in place on employment relations, preventing a patchwork of government mandates that would prove detrimental to Wisconsin’s business climate. It will ensure that business owners in Milwaukee, and all other areas of the state, are free to run their businesses in the way that they feel will be most efficient and successful, thus, allowing them to grow, expand and to create additional jobs for Wisconsin workers,” said Kapenga.
“I was very excited and honored to bring this legislation forward,” continued Kapenga. “This is what the voters sent us to Madison to do. We will continue to limit government and to get out of the way of the free market.”
WAUKESHA COUNTY - With warm weather approaching, the ProHealth Care Regional Cancer Center is offering free skin cancer screenings at locations in Waukesha, Mukwonago and Oconomowoc. Those who have a suspicious mole or spot on their skin and are not under the care of a dermatologist can make an appointment for a free screening.
Thursday, May 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Hispanic Community Health Resource Center in Waukesha (for Spanish speaking only)
Monday, May 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital
Tuesday, May 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at D. N. Greenwald Center, Mukwonago
Wednesday, May 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Waukesha Memorial Hospital
The screenings coincide with Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month and are part of a national campaign to encourage early detection and teach prevention of skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer and is largely preventable. By detecting irregularities in the skin, skin cancer can be caught in its earliest form and may be cured.
At the free screenings, dermatologists will examine those with a suspicious mole or skin lesion. However, total body screening is not provided. Advance registration is required by calling (262) 928-2745.
The Big Bend Library will be hosting a special story hour with members of the Big Bend Fire Department at 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday May 11 at the Big Bend Village Library, W230 S9175 Nevins St. Children will learn fire safety in their homes, visit the fire station and be allowed to take photos on fire trucks and rescue squads. Handouts and treats will be provided. There will be an outdoor surprise, weather permitting.
Please call (262) 662-3571 to R.S.V.P.
Tonight there will be a full closure of the I-94 eastbound and westbound enterance and exit ramps at Highway 164/Highway J in Waukesha County.
Visit www.repace94.org for more information.
The Lake Country Reporter learned Tuesday morning that 29-year Arrowhead football coach Tom Taraska will resign as the head coach at a news conference Tuesday set for 1:15 p.m. at South Campus.
Taraska, one of the most successful high school football coaches in Wisconsin history, will also retire as a physical education teacher at Arrowhead at the end of the current school year.
Taraska's first year at Arrowhead was 1982 and his final season was 2010. In that span, Taraska led the Warhawks to four WIAA Division state championships (1993, 1994, 1996 and 2007) and also watched his teams finish second five times (2000, 2002, 2003, 2006 and 2008).
His teams made the title game nine times in a span of 18 years. No other team has ever accomplished that feat in state history. His teams also made the WIAA playoffs 20 times in his 29 seasons.
Taraska coached the Warhawks to 47 playoff victories, a WIAA playoff record. He was named the Associated Press coach of the year in 2007 and was inducted into the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association's Hall of Fame in 2004. He was also inducted into the University of Oshkosh Hall of Fame in 2008.
At Arrowhead he compiled an overall record of 248-76, a wnning mark of 76%. Combined with his total high school record, he has a 265-96 mark, a winning percentage of 73%. That ranks him ninth on the all-time coaching win list.
Taraska's wife, Susie, teaches in Mukwonago and will also retire at the end of the current school year.
The Overture Center in Madison recently announced that Oconomowoc High School's fall 2010 production of Bye Bye Birdie won 8 Tommy Awards.
The Tommy Awards began last year as a way to honor excellence in the field of High School Musical Theatre throughout the state of Wisconsin, and are named after Wisconsin native, Tom Wopat.
This year more than 30 productions were reviewed by a team of theater professionals from Wisconsin and performing arts educators from the Madison area. Oconomowoc High School won the following 2011 Tommy Awards: Best Scene in a Musical "The Telephone Hour", Best lead Performer - Male, Calum Bedborough, Best lead Performer - Femal, Anna Herro, Best Choreographer, Karl Miller, and Best Costume Designer, Cheryl Filmore.
Three other students will also be recognized at the awards ceremony for their work: Honorable Mention Lead Actor: Scott Filmore, Honorable Mentional Supporting - Julia Luebke and Honorable Mention Supporting Karly Schultz.
The Tommy Awards are open to the public and will be held Sunday, June 5 at 7 p.m. in Overture Hall in Madison. Tickets are $15 and available online at www.overturecenter.com/community/tommy-awards
The Waukesha County Fair Association is seeking contestants for the 2011 Waukesha County Fair Top Singer contest, presented by WITI-FOX 6, on Wednesday, July 20, opening night of the Waukesha County Fair, sponsored by Aurora Heath Care. The Fair runs Wednesday, July 20 thru Sunday, July 24.
Preliminaries for Top Singer will be held on the Fairgrounds in the Arena on Tuesday, July 21 beginning at 4 pm. Registration ends promptly at 5:30 pm. Contestants must be age 16 to 28. Individuals who advance will perform on stage and before a panel of 3 distinguished judges in the Leinie Lodge, sponsored by Citizens Band of Mukwonago, Wednesday, July 20 at 7:30 pm.
· Registration is just $5 in advance, $10 the night of the preliminary contest. Entrants should be prepared to sing a capella (without music) and those under 18 should be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Entrants can preregister by mailing a check for $5 to the Waukesha County Fair along with name, date of birth, street address, phone number & email address to the Waukesha County Fair Office – 2417 Silvernail Road, Pewaukee, WI 53072.
· The Top Singer winner will receive $250 in cash and have the opportunity to perform his or her winning song on the Miller Lite Main Stage Sunday, July 24, immediately before The Beach Boys perform at 6 pm. First runner-up will also receive a cash prize and may perform in place of the Top Singer should he or she be unavailable.
· For the complete rules and how to enter the contest, visit www.WaukeshaCountyFair.com.
A pair of principals emerged as the top candidates for the Merton School District’s superintendent vacancy.
The school board narrowed the list down to two after beginning the search for a replacement for retiring superintendent Mark Flynn, who announced in January that he would not return to to the school district next year. One of the finalists, joining Tina Van Meer, who currently serves as the principal at Abraham Lincoln Accelerated Learning Academy in the Monroe School District, is Oconomowoc’s Ronald Russ, the current principal at Nature Hill Intermediate School.
The Merton School District plans to host both candidates for separate staff and community forums on May 18 and 19 after each candidate tours the district’s schools. At the forums, community members will have an opportunity to ask questions of the candidates and learn about their backgrounds in education.
School board member Karl Melnick said he hopes the school district can select its new superintendent shortly after the forum concludes on May 19.
"We are going to collect input from the staff and community as far as their feedback on the respective candidates, but then we will meet after that, and then from there, hopefully next Thursday, we will make a decision," he said.
Full overnight closures will occur tonight on the southbound Moorland Road enterance ramp to I-94 eastbound, and the westbound I-94 exit ramp to Moorland Road northbound.
Visit www.repave94.org for more information
Mishicot High School Principal Jeff Walters was announced as the next principal at Kettle Moraine High School at the school board meeting last night.
Walters, who will officially begin his duties as KMHS principal on July 1, precedes David Hay as principal.
Watch for the complete story in the Kettle Moraine Index .
A Pewaukee man, who is listed as one of the Milwaukee Police Department’s top 10 most wanted fugitives, was arrested Tuesday by the Wisconsin State Patrol.
Arthur T. Schmoller, 29, was also wanted by Milwaukee, as well as the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department on drug charges, according to a press release from the State Patrol.
Following a lengthy investigation, State Patrol officers with assistance from the Department of Criminal
Investigation located Schmoller in Waukesha and took him into custody following a traffic stop, the statement said. There were two felony warrants out for his arrest.
Three Oconomowoc High School students will perform with the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra Philharmonia 2010 – 2011 in a concert May 17 from 1-2:15 p.m., at the Oconomowoc Arts Center.
OHS students Torrin Hallet, Horn; Chloe Growth, Horn; and Heather Casterline, Horn are among the 140-member orchestra that will perform in a free concert that is open to the public.
The first Annual Fair Fun Run 5K Run/Walk, sponsored by 94.5 LAKE FM, will take place at 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 23 on the Waukesha County Fairgrounds during the Waukesha County Fair, which runs Wednesday, July 20 thru Sunday, July 24. Runners/walkers of all skill levels and families are welcome to participate.
The race begins at 8 a.m. and the 3.1 mile course takes participants around the perimeter of the fairgrounds including running in gravel, grass, dirt (possibly mud) and asphalt. The race will finish on the south end of the grounds, near the Leinie Lodge, site of the annual Kiwanis Pancake breakfast at the Fair. Participants are encouraged to stay and enjoy the pancakes after the run for just $5.
If you register by July 1, the registration fee is just $20 and includes one all day admission to the Fair good on Saturday, July 23 and a complimentary race T-shirt. Registration after July 1 is $25 and does not guarantee a T-shirt. Online registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, July 21 but you can register on site the day of the race. To register, go to http://www.zapevent.com and then search Fair Fun Run.
Full overnight closure to the I-94 westbound entrance and exit ramps at Highway F.
Visit www.repave94.org for more information.
You don’t have to go to New York or Chicago to find talented authors. There are plenty of creative wordsmiths right in our own neighborhoods.
On Saturday you’ll be able to meet eight local authors at an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. at Books & Company, 1039 Summit Ave., Oconomowoc.
Featured are Denise Folcik, Charlene Lassig, Larry Kreuscher, Ilona Fridl, Dale Reich, Brett Champan, Linda Pischke and Fred von Kamecke.
You’ll get to talk to the authors about their latest books and purchase copies for autographing. Refreshments will be available.
For more information, call (262) 546-0106.
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today that the water level behind the Waterford Dam on the Fox River will be lowered due to recently discovered seepage around an abutment wall and through the earthen bank. This drawdown is necessary to facilitate investigation of the problem and stabilization of this area of the dam. The 10-foot high dam is owned by Racine County and located in Waterford.
The controlled drawdown of the Waterford Dam was ordered by the DNR and began Wednesday, May 11, and is expected to take several days. Approximately 3 to 6 inches of water will be released each day from behind the dam, until the seepage is minimized or stopped. The impoundment will remain drawn down until an engineering plan and fix can be developed and implemented. There is no estimated date of completion at this time.
Your Choice Live, the Lake Country based organization of former teen addicts and parents, will present a two hour program of teen and adult speakers about the dangers of drug addiction in Lake Country on Tuesday, May 17th, between 7 and 9 p.m., at the Arrowhead High School North Campus auditorium.
Included in the program will be former Arrowhead High School students Tyler Lybert and Ashleigh Nowakowski, as well as former Oconomowoc High School student Ricki Keepman and Catholic Memorial High School student Michael Richter.
Parent speakers include Rick and Sandra Lybert, Susan Montie, Donald "Duke" Maynard and Paul Raddatz, all Lake Country area residents who teenagers encountered challenges with drug addiction.
The teens and parents were featured in a recent Lake Country Publications series that focused on the extent of drug addiction in Lake Country and what steps parents and school are taking to combat it.
Tuesday's nights program at the high school is intended to give Lake Country parents an understanding of "what addiction really looks like in the life of a surburban students as explained by young people who have lived it," according to Sandra Lybert, a spokeswoman for the organization.
The parents and students will provide their perspectives on how addiction and abuse occurs and the impact it has on families, according to Lybert.
The supposed human jawbone unearthed by a gardener in the City of Delafield turned out to be a ceramic copy, according to an anthropologist from the Wisconsin Historical Society.
How or why it turned up in a garden south of I-94 near Cushing Road remains unclear, but Leslie Eisenberg, the anthropologist who analyzed the jaw replica after receiving it from the Waukesha County Medical Examiner's Office said, "It turned out not to be bone, but ceramic of some kind."
According to City of Delafield Police, a woman called police to report that she had found what appeared to be a jawbone while pulling weeds from her garden.
The bone was taken to the Waukesha County Medical Examiner’s Office, which determined there was a strong chance that it was a human bone, police said.
The Medical Examiner’s Office recommended the bone be taken to an anthropologist in Madison for further investigation, where Eisenberg laid the notion to rest.
Kettle Moraine Middle School eighth grader Rylie Morris (top photo, right) and classmates explored the C-SPAN Digital Bus on May 12. Morris won honorable mention in the C-SPAN StudentCam 2011 competition for her video, "Childhood Obesity."
Watch for additional photos on Living Lake Country and in the Kettle Moraine Index.
View Morris' video at the following link: studentcam.viddler.com/videos/watch.php
Motorists on I-94 in Waukesha County can expect the following closures this evening for between one and two hours:
I-94 east and west bound entrance and exit ramps at Moorland Road
Bluemound (Highway 18) entrance to westbound I-94
Westbound exit ramps to Barker Road (Highway 18)
I-94 westbound entrance and exit ramps at Highway F
Westbound entrance and exit ramps at Highway 164
Westbound exit to Highway 16
Visit www.repave94.org for more information.
Members of the community can drop off unwanted or expired prescription and over-the-counter drugs at the Mullet Ice Center until 6:30 p.m. today.
Students from Arrowhead's medical terminology and business practices class organized the event in an effort to keep everyday medications out of the hands of teenagers that might abuse them.
Organized in conjunction with the Hartland Police Department, the Arrowhead pill drop gives residents a safe place to dispose of the medications.
Besides keeping them out of the hands of teenagers, dropping medications at the pill drop will help keep them from being flushed down drains or toilets and contaminating the local water supply.
The Village of Mukwonago will be picking up yard waste this Thursday, May 19.
Brush must be tied in bundles, not exceeding 4 feet in length. Each bundle must not exceed 50 pounds. If brush it not bundled, it will not be picked up. Leaves must be placed in clear bags. There is a 30 bag limit for each stop. Bags and bundles must be at the curb by 6 a.m. Thursday morning. Limit of 10 minutes per stop.
Concerned about your memory? Join the educational program at LindenGrove Mukwonago Campus from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on May 18. The program will provide participants with information on brain structure and function, factors that contribute to forgetting, and important aspects of brain fitness. The event will be presented by Judy Gunkel, Community Outreach Director with the Alzheimer's Association. Light refreshments will be served.
Please call LindenGrove at (262) 363-6830 to register.
Overnight full closure of Bluemound entrance ramps to I-94 eastbound.
Overnight single lane closure northboun and southbound Moorland Road under I-94.
Overnight single lane closure westbound Bluemound Road from Sunny Slope Road to Florence Drive.
Waukesha – A former Summit lawyer entered a guilty plea this afternoon to robbing a Wales bank last summer.
Peter T. Elliott, 62, Elliott stole about $10,000 from Town Bank 200 Summit Ave., June 12. In a plea agreement with prosecutors, charges of possessing firearm in a school zone and carrying a concealed weapon were dismissed.
Waukesha County Assistant District Attorney Jayne Dewire recommended Elliott be sentenced to five years in prison and 10 years of extended supervision. She also recommended Elliott pay restitution in the amount of $10,116 to Town Bank. Elliott will be sentenced July 22.
Elliott was a practicing lawyer from June 1974 through October 2008 and in connection with his law practice maintained a trust account. Elliott diverted $3.6 million in funds from the account for his personal use, according to a federal criminal complaint.
Elliott was sentenced Nov. 4 in federal court to five years in prison to be followed by five years of supervision. He was also ordered to pay $3.6 million in restitution. He has appealed that decision. Dewire recommended the bank robbery sentence be consecutive to the federal sentence.
The Wales/Genesee Joint Fire Board will discuss the resignation letter of Fire Chief Greg Jezak at its May 17 meeting. The resignation would end about 32 years of total fire service, nine serving as Fire Chief at Wales/Genesee Fire Department.
Watch Living Lake Country for updates and the complete story in the Kettle Moraine Index.
Do you know of a senior citizen that dutifully contributes to others and/or their community? If so, you can nominate them for the Walworth County Fair’s Outstanding Senior Citizen Contest.
Anyone can submit a nomination. Nomination deadline is June 20. Nominees must be at least 65 years in age by September 1 and a Walworth County resident. Up to five outstanding senior citizens will be honored at the awards ceremony on Senior Citizen Day, September 1.
Winners will be selected on the basis of their current involvement rather than past accomplishments.
For more information or to obtain a nomination form, log onto www.walworthcountyfair.com or call the Fair Office at (262) 723-3228.
The Land O' Lakes Old Timers Association announced its 2011 Hall of Fame inductees Monday afternoon.
Going into the Hall of Fame this year will be Bill Beno of Pewaukee, John Engel of Hartland, Steve Pease of Dousman, Dave Berka of Brookfield, Tim Behrend of Genesee and Rollie Kilt of Port Washington.
The banquet will be held on Wednesday, June 22 at the Germantown Legion Hall. For tickets call Bob Groth at 691-2712.
Three of the 12 teams in the Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball league remained undefeated after Sunday's action. Sussex, Pewaukee and the Brookfield Bulldogs are all 3-0.
Games Sunday saw Pewaukee defeat Menomonee Falls 9-3, Sussex whip Lannon 12-4, Brookfield Blue Sox edge North Lake 5-3, Oconomowoc blank Hartland 8-0, Brookfield Bulldogs edge Monches in 11 innings 2-1 and West Bend stop Merton 3-2.
Luke Nelson of Oconomowoc belted his league-leading third home run against Hartland and Vic Erato, batting .636, clubbed a grand slam homer for Sussex. Jay Wojcinski homered for the Blue Sox and Matt Lopez had four hits for North Lake.
Monches lost to the Bulldogs by giving up two unearned runs to the visitors.
State Superintendent Tony Evers will welcome Gene Wilhoit, executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), for a day-long visit of Wisconsin Innovation Lab Network school sites in Cooperative Educational Service Agency (CESA) 1 on Wednesday, May 18.
Wisconsin was identified as a member of the CCSSO Partnership for Next Generation Learning last year. The Wisconsin Innovation Lab Network, led by the DPI and CESA 1, is a five-year commitment of research, development, and dissemination activities that will help participating states develop systems that support personalized learning and higher student academic achievement. Innovation lab schools are examining personalized learning, performance-based learning, teaching and learning that incorporates emerging technology, strategies for including student voices in planning reform activities, and systems that support the learning of all students.
At 10:30 a.m., Evers and Wilhoit will observe the kindergarten classroom at Wales Elementary School. Following that visit, they will learn about innovation lab activities in a fourth-grade classroom at Magee Elementary School in Genesee Depot.
The noon luncheon at Oconomowoc High School will include a roundtable discussion with teacher leaders and administrators from the Kenosha, Kettle Moraine, and Oconomowoc school districts.
At 2:30 p.m., the group will observe a sixth-grade class at John Long Middle School in Grafton, which focuses on developing a personalized learning environment.
Arrowhead's varsity girls fastpitch softball team defeated host Kettle Moraine Tuesday in a Classic 8 Conference game, 10-5. The win moved AHS to 9-1 in league play and KM fell to 5-6.
The Warhawks lead Waukesha North (8-3) by two games in the loss column.Those two teams will play Thursday at Arrowhead at 4:30 p.m.
The Warhawks trailed 5-2 going into the top of the fifth inning and then broke the game open with a seven-run rally.
Kelsey Wasliczuk had two hits and three RBIs to lead the winners. Alexis Panaro had three hits and Kara Olsen had two hits.
KM got two-hit games from Candace Rupnick, Katie McCann, Steph Wenig and Maddie Churches.
Jim O'Leary, former athletic director for the Oconomowoc Area School District and history teacher at the high school, will retire at the end of the school year.
The School Board accepted his request for early retirement at its Board meeting last night. O'Leary has served the district for 21 years. He was athletic director for 15 years before returing to the classroom to teach.
The Horse Power Healing Center will host an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 21 at Jericho Creek Farms.
Events scheduled for the day include: from 1 to 2:30 p.m., meet the staff and therapy horses; rider demonstration; from 2:30 to 4 p.m., question and answer session.
Fundraising opportunities at the event will include: from 1 to 3 p.m., a silent auction; from 2:30 to 4 p.m., race a radio controlled Traxxas truck.
Horse Power Healing Center is located at Jericho Creek Farms, S 101 W 34628 Hwy LO, Eagle. For more information, visit www.horsepowerhealingcenter.com or call (262) 594-3667.
Representative David Craig (R-Town of Vernon) is the newest member of the Wisconsin State Assembly after being sworn into office yesterday. According to a press release from the Wisconsin Legislature, Craig won a special election on May 3rd to replace Rep. Scott Gunderson who resigned to take a position with Governor Walker's Administration.
After being sworn into office yesterday, Rep. Craig participated in his first session day where a number of important proposals were debated and passed by the State Assembly, including bills repairing two programs hidden by Governor Doyle in the 2009-2011 State Budget: "Governor Doyle's early release program for criminals and a costly traffic stop data collection program opposed by law enforcement leaders statewide," the press release states.
Representative Craig can be contacted at (608) 266-3363
The annual summer read aloud program, sponsored by National Mutual Benefit Branch 717 in cooperation with the Oconomowoc Public Library, pairs high school student volunteers with young elementary school readers. The program is currently seeking volunteers and readers.
The program is held mid-June through mid-August with volunteers and readers arranging their own flexible schedules of half-hour sessions to take place at the library.
Interested high school and young adult volunteers should call Rhonda McKenna at (920) 474-4050 before Friday, June 3.
Parents wanting to register their grade-school children to read to a volunteer on a regular basis as stated above should register at the library on June 14.
For more information, call (920) 474-4050
Wales-Genesee Fire Chief Greg Jezak has hung around fire stations most of his life, first as a kid with his dad, later as a firefighter and for the past nine years as fire chief for the Wales-Genesee Fire Department. With about 32 years of fire service behind him, Jezak will turn off his pager, hang his helmet and turn to the next chapter of his life starting July 1. Look for the complete story in Thursday's Kettle Moraine Index.
Wales-Genesee Fire Chief Greg Jezak has hung around fire stations most of his life, first as a kid with his dad, later as a firefighter and for the past nine years as fire chief for the Wales-Genesee Fire Department. With about 32 years of fire service behind him, Jezak will turn off his pager, hang his helmet and turn to the next chapter of his life starting July 1.
Look for the complete story in Thursday's Kettle Moraine Index.
Kettle Moraine High School senior Dylan DeLisle has traveled to Haiti twice, however the work she did during her most recent trip earned recognition through the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards where she was named a Distinguished Finalist for her work in disaster relief. Prudential representative Joshua Konkel presented DeLisle’s award at the May 10 Kettle Moraine School Board meeting. Read the complete story in Thursday's Kettle Moraine Index.
Kettle Moraine High School senior Dylan DeLisle has traveled to Haiti twice, however the work she did during her most recent trip earned recognition through the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards where she was named a Distinguished Finalist for her work in disaster relief. Prudential representative Joshua Konkel presented DeLisle’s award at the May 10 Kettle Moraine School Board meeting.
Read the complete story in Thursday's Kettle Moraine Index.
Town of Mukwonago Police are investigating the death of a man who was hit by a train at about 3:14 p.m. today.
Town Police Chief Thomas Czarnecki reported that a northbound Wisconsin Central train saw an adult white male lying parallel between the train tracks about one-half mile north of Highway NN and was unable to stop. Police have not been able to make positive identification at this time.
The train crossing at Highway NN was closed while police investigated the incident. Police were on scene until about 8:30 p.m., according to Czarnecki.
Double Ds summer kickoff poker run will leave Double Ds at 12 p.m. on Saturday, May 21. Cost is $10 per person or $15 Per Couple, which includes food upon returning to Double Ds. Sign in begins at 10 a.m.
Mukwonago Food Pantry will be doing some Raffles before 12 p.m. and at one stop along the route. Proceeds to benefit the Mukwonago Food Pantry.
Contact Ryan at (262) 363-3671 or on his cell phone at (414) 207-7071.
The republican controlled state Senate gave final legislative approval of a bill this morning requiring voters to show a valid ID at the polls. The Assembly approved the bill last week.
Republicans limited debate to an hour when senators came to the floor. Democrats used 10 minutes complaining about the limits, but Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, said Democrats had plenty of opportunity to speak. In the end the bill passed 19-5 along party lines. It's all but certain Walker will sign the measure into law.
Spectators in the Senate gallery exploded into shouts and screams after the vote, yelling "Shame! Shame! Shame!" and "Recall! Recall! Recall!" They then burst into singing "We Shall Overcome."
Under the bill, voters would have to present a driver's license, a state ID, a passport, a military ID, naturalization papers or a tribal ID. College students could vote with a school ID as long as it has their signature and an expiration date that falls within two years of the card's issuance. University of Wisconsin IDs currently don't meet that criteria and would have to be updated to comply before students could vote.
According to a press release from this afternoon, Senator Mary Lazich is quoted as having said that "the approval of bipartisan voter ID legislation by both houses of the state legislature is long overdue. The vast majority of Wisconsinites support requiring photo identification to vote. As Chair of the Senate Committee on Transportation and Elections, voter ID legislation is one of my top priorities. Assembly Bill 7 achieves an important objective: Protect every citizen’s right to have their vote fairly counted."
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
Overnight single lane closure I-94 eastbound from Highway 16 to HWY 100 (only one lane open to traffic). Overnight Full Closure southbound Moorland Road entrance ramp to I-94 eastbound.
National Police Week is drawing to a close tomorrow. According to a press release from the Mukwonago Police Department:
"This year has been especially deadly for our nations Police Officers. To date, 67 officers have been killed in the line of duty. That equates to one Police Officer dying every 53 hours. Policemen are killed in very small agencies to very large agencies – it does not matter. Please remember Police Officers during this week and wave to one of us! It does matter. When a Policeman goes out the door and says good bye to his/her family he or she always knows it could be the last time he or she sees them – to protect society and keep everybody safe. Remember, police officers go where everybody else runs from!! They are the modern day centurions! Think about it! We continue to thank Mukwonago for the great support our community shows to our officers. It is truly appreciated."
After Democrat stall tactics delayed a vote on voter ID legislation Tuesday, the Senate finally approved Assembly Bill 7 (AB 7) Thursday morning. Most notably, AB 7 requires citizens provide photo identification to vote at a polling place or to vote absentee.
State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin), a sponsor of AB 7 and Chair of the Senate Committee on Transportations and Elections, issued the following statement after the approval of AB 7.
“The approval of bipartisan voter ID legislation by both houses of the state legislature is long overdue. The vast majority of Wisconsinites support requiring photo identification to vote. As Chair of the Senate Committee on Transportation and Elections, voter ID legislation is one of my top priorities. Assembly Bill 7 achieves an important objective: Protect every citizen’s right to have their vote fairly counted.
“Ensuring integrity of elections is of utmost importance in our democracy. Requiring voters to prove their identity is a reasonable step and one that is constitutional. Assembly Bill 7 strengthens Wisconsin voters’ confidence in the electoral process and guarantees everyone the right to vote.
“I applaud the Senate’s action today, and encourage Governor Walker to sign Assembly Bill 7.”
The Walworth County Fair announces that the 2011 Centennial Farm Applications are now available online at WalworthCountyFair.com or at the Fair Office, located in Elkhorn at 411 East Court Street on Highway 11.
In order to qualify, farmers must have family ownership of the farm for at least 100 years. The applications will be due no later than June 1, 2011. Honorees will be awarded a plaque at a ceremony on Monday, Sept. 5 at 1:30 P.M.
For further information, please call (262) 723-3228.
American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary members will be handing out red poppies to honor veterans and military men and women serving the country.
Cpl. Jeremy Stengel plans to spend the night in his new home tonight after receiving the keys to his specially adapted home in Mukwonago today. Stengel hugged his girlfriend Georgia Parsons (top photo) after arriving at the house escorted by the Mukwonago Fire Department and about 25 motorcycles.
Larry Giull, the veteran liason with Homes for Our Troops and Jared Burback of Burback Builders present Stengel with the keys. (Middle photo from left to right.)
Stengel walks into the completed house after a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Watch for more coverage in the Mukwonago Chief.
Two of the 12 teams in the Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball league remained undefeated after play on Sunday. Sussex and the Brookfield Bulldogs both won to move to 4-0 on the season.
Games Sunday saw Merton stop Hartland 8-2, West Bend whip Pewaukee in seven innings 15-1, Lannon edge North Lake 5-4, Sussex nip the Brookfield Blue Sox 5-3, Brookfield Bulldogs stop Oconomowoc 11-4 and Menomonee Falls upset Monches 6-4.
The Bulldogs will play Saturday at Sussex.
Four games will be played this Saturday, six more will be played on Sunday and one will be played on Monday.
Arrowhead's varsity boys golf team, ranked No. 1 in the state and winners of the last four WIAA Division 1 state championships, won two more 18-hole meets late last week. The Warhawks won their fourth straight Classic 8 Conference championship on Thursday at Washington County and then won the Waukesha County Championship at Wanaki on Saturday. Kettle Moraine, ranked No. 2 in the state, finished second in both meets.
On Thursday at the conference tournament, AHS won with a 292 score. AHS junior Matt Ross was the medalist with a conference-record score of 5-under-par 67. Other AHS scores were Kyle Driscoll with 74, Matt McIntosh 74, Connor Thiel 77 and John Langhoff 78. Ross was named conference Player of the Year.
KM was led by Nic Johnson with 72. Other scores for the Lasers were Eric Rogers with 76, Tyler Sheveland 77, Ryan Franklin 80 and David Trungale 85.
At Wanaki on Saturday, Arrowhead won with 301 strokes and KM had 306.
Johnson of KM was the medalist with a round of even-par 71. Other KM scores were Sheveland with 76, Franklin 77, Rogers 82 and Trungale 86.
AHS was led by McIntosh with 74, Other Arrowhead scores were Driscoll with 75, Ross 76, Langhoff 76 and Thiel 78.
More than 385 law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin will be out in force patrolling streets and highways—day and night—during the national Click It or Ticket safety belt campaign from Monday (May 23) through June 5. This year’s Click It or Ticket is the largest coordinated law enforcement mobilization ever in Wisconsin, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
“Click It or Ticket is more than just a slogan for law enforcement agencies. Whenever officers observe an unbelted driver or passenger, they will stop the vehicle and issue a citation,” says Wisconsin State Patrol Major Dan Lonsdorf, director of the WisDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety. “Last year in Wisconsin, there were nearly 120,000 convictions for failure to fasten safety belts, which was an all-time high. Among all traffic violations, safety belt convictions in Wisconsin were second only to speeding convictions.”
Although buckling up—every trip, every time—is undeniably the best possible protection against being ejected from a vehicle or thrown around violently inside it during a traffic crash, too many people are killed or injured needlessly because they were unbuckled, according to Lonsdorf.
In Wisconsin, about one out of five motorists does not buckle up. Wisconsin’s safety belt use rate of 79 percent lags behind the 85 percent national average for safety belt use. Wisconsin is also behind neighboring states, including Minnesota, Michigan and Illinois, which have safety belt use rates of more than 90 percent.
In Wisconsin and throughout the nation, teen safety belt use is much lower than other age groups. Not buckling up coupled with a lack of driving experience is a major reason why traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for young people nationwide.
“The goal of Click It or Ticket is not to write more tickets but to save lives and reduce injuries. We hope that the intensified enforcement efforts during Click It or Ticket and throughout the year will motivate people to buckle up so that we can reduce the number of preventable traffic deaths to zero in Wisconsin,” Lonsdorf says. “But if voluntary compliance fails and people continue to ignore the safety belt law as well as common sense, we will stop and ticket them.”
Memorial Day weekend travelers will find a few work zones that may slow their travels. Projects on the state’s Interstate Highway System will allow at least two lanes in each direction, however delays can be expected during peak travel periods. In Milwaukee, at the I-94/I-43/I-894 Mitchell Interchange, ramps from northbound I-94 to westbound I 43/I-894 and from eastbound I-43/I-894 to southbound I-94 are closed with detours posted via local streets or via I-94 through downtown Milwaukee.
Other major projects that may impact travel include I-94 in Waukesha and Dane counties and work on US 41 at Oshkosh and Green Bay.
State safety officials remind motorists that they should stay alert, slow down, and allow a safety cushion between vehicles when approaching and driving through work zones. The most frequent crash in a work zone is a rear-ender.
During the Memorial Day weekend, law enforcement agencies will be participating in the Click It or Ticket mobilization, encouraging motorists to buckle up to protect themselves in the event of a crash. Unbuckled motorists will get a ticket.
A map of the work zones may be found on the WisDOT Web site.
Village of Sussex - Robert Zarzynski, a vice president of business banking for M&I Bank, is expected to be appointed by the Village Board Tuesday night to fill a vacancy on the board created when former Trustee Greg Goetz was elected Village President in the April municipal elections.
Zarzynski is being recommended to the board by Goetz and Trustee Pat Tetzlaff. Zarzynksi, a village resident for 19 years, serves on the Village Board's Finance and Personnel Committee. He said he sought the appointment because he wanted to be more involved in the communtiy. He was one of ten applicants for the position.
Tetzlaff said she is recommending Zarzynski because she believes his financial background and experience will be valuable to the Village Board as it considers financial options for the implementation of the village's downtown redevelopment plans, the possible construction of a new village hall, and other improvement projects the village will consider as the region's economy recovers from the national recession.
Tetzlaff was assigned by the board to conduct interviews of the applicants and make a recommendation to the board. Trustee Tim Dietrich sat in on five of the applicant interviews including Zarzynski's. Newly elected Trustee Jim Batzko, a City of Delafield police officer, sat in on the other five interviews.
Last evening's storms have disrupted phone service to parts of the Hamilton School District.
Calling Hamilton High School, Templeton Middle School, or the school district offices results in a busy signal, and a message on the school district's website said that service providers were working to remedy the problem.
In the meantime, parents that need to contact the schools or district offices should visit the district website and choose from a list of e-mail address contacts for each respective office.
Mukwonago Area School District is inviting people to submit one or more ideas for a nickname and/or logo between May 23 and July 25. People are asked to access the appropriate form on the district’s website between at http://www.masd.k12.wi.us/mhsnewlogo.cfm#d179158
The school board directed district administration to start gathering suggestions for a new logo while the district awaits the Waukesha County Circuit Court decision on a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the mascot law.
Read the complete story in Wednesday's Mukwonago Chief.
Clarendon Avenue Elementary School fourth grade teacher Janine Coley and six students will head to the Wisconsin Senate Committee on Education public hearing on Senate Bill 100 to defend their proposal of designating the cream puff as the Wisconsin state dessert tomorrow in Madison.